The greatest treasure in King Solomon’s Temple was the ark of the covenant, where God’s presence resided. Priests would sprinkle blood on the ark’s mercy seat for the forgiveness of the people’s sin.
We, too, have a covenant. Jesus made it, saying, “this cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you” (Luke 22:20). Through faith in Christ, we are forgiven of our sins—just as if we had never done anything wrong. No longer must blood be sprinkled on the mercy seat. As Jesus said on the cross in John 19:30, “It is finished!”
When Solomon dedicated the Temple, the people worshiped in such unity that the priests could not continue ministering. The house of the Lord was filled with the cloud of His glory.
Solomon prayed, “Lord God of Israel, there is no God in heaven or on earth like You, who keep Your covenant and mercy with Your servants who walk before You with all their hearts” (2 Chronicles 6:14).
When we pray God’s promises, we pray according to His will, and we know He hears us and answers us.
Solomon’s prayer went on to appropriate the promises God made to his father, David. He also asked on behalf of all Israel, then for foreigners. He asked largely, just as we should.
In the New Testament, the Corinthians were not holy and righteous. Yet Paul tells them: For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us (2 Corinthians 1:20).
Jesus looked across time and space, and He saw you from the cross. He chose you, sealed you, and gave you the Spirit in your heart as a guarantee that you are His. And all His promises are “yes” and “amen” for you—because you are in Christ Jesus!
When we pray for God’s promises, we pray according to His will, and we know He hears us and answers us. Even when we are faithless, God is faithful. It’s wonderful to remember that after Solomon’s prayer, God appeared to him, saying: “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).
America needs to pray this way, for the Lord is a covenant-keeping God. If we humbly repent and turn from our wicked ways, He will cleanse us, restore us, and rekindle the flame of revival in our land. God bless you!
Scripture is quoted from the NKJV. This teaching was given during a CBN staff chapel meeting.