Saturday: February 8, 2020
Reference: 1Kings 3:5,7-12
1 Kings 3:5 In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.
Peacocks are known to have very colourful furthers which when on full display, are enough to charm many to admire the sheer beauty on display. The reason for them showing off is simply to draw attention because before anyone makes conscious effort to show off, there has to exist an audience that will be in view to appreciate their effort.
King Solomon is written about in our text today with emphasis on the question God posed to him and His response. However, we ought to bear in mind that, ‘this visitation from God did not just happen out of the blue’. Solomon played a key role in laying the groundworks to make this divine visitation happen. His arrival in Gibeon was to offer sacrifices – simply, to PRAY, and what better way to get heaven’s attention than with a fervent sacrifice of a thousand burnt offerings?(3:4)
I heard a statement a while back that said “while Prayer does not change God but the one who offers it, it has potential to change the conditions upon which the decisions of God are made”. As God spoke , “Because you asked for the ability to make wise judicial decisions, and not for long life, or riches, or vengeance on your enemies, I will do what you ask and even more (v11-13).
When the fervent prayers of the saints go up, the attention of God is turned in their direction- as though God was waiting to deliver on a promise, awaiting specific intentions or permission to move on behalf of His children. Solomon’s sacrifice got heaven as his audience and that set the ball rolling for his discourse with God. And just so you’d know, that same God is the one still seated on the throne- the same God who responded to Solomon’s Prayer, and granted even more, remains enthroned.
We may not have a thousand burnt offering to offer, but the sanctifying blood of Jesus has granted us an eternal audience with God, and that is an opportunity we can not afford to pass up.
Remember # Fervent prayers will cause the attention of heaven to turn in your direction.