King Solomon – a smart guy. Powerful, influential, deciding disputes, driving construction projects, raising a family and running a kingdom – I’d say a busy man even by today’s standards. Yet, he made time to pray. Perhaps that is the primary demonstration of his legendary wisdom. He gave this blessing as recorded in the Old Testament book of Kings, which remains true and inspiring even across the centuries:
And it was so, that when Solomon had made an end of praying all this prayer and supplication unto the LORD, he arose from before the altar of the LORD, from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread up to heaven. And he stood, and blessed all the congregation of Israel with a loud voice, saying, “Blessed be the LORD, that hath given rest unto His people Israel, according to all that He promised: there hath not failed one word of all His good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses His servant.
The LORD our God be with us, as He was with our fathers: let Him not leave us, nor forsake us: that He may incline our hearts unto Him, to walk in all His ways, and to keep His commandments, and His statutes, and His judgments, which He commanded our fathers. That all the people of the earth may know that the LORD is God, and that there is none else. Let your heart therefore be perfect with the LORD our God, to walk in His statutes, and to keep His commandments, as at this day.” And the king, and all Israel with him, offered sacrifice before the LORD. -1 Kings 8:54-62
Committing time for prayer may be a sacrifice for you. God honors sacrifice – He understands the meaning of sacrifice. Give Him your time today. Just take Solomon’s lead and turn his blessing into this simple prayer:
Blessed are you LORD, that has given me rest, according to all that you promised:You have not failed in one word of all the promises You have given since the time of Moses. Dear LORD our God, be with me, as You were with all that have come before me: do not not leave me, nor forsake me: May I incline my heart to You, to walk in all Your ways, and to keep Your commandments, and Your statutes, and Your judgments. May all the people of the earth know that You are God, and that there is none else. Let my heart be perfect before You, so that I may walk in Your statutes, and keep Your commandments, today and every day to come. Amen!