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Daily Devotion - September 3, 2018

2 Chronicles 7:12

Then one night the Lord appeared to Solomon and said,

“I have heard your prayer and have chosen this Temple as the place for making sacrifices.”

Devotion by Chris Shiver

In the chapter before this one Solomon is praying to the Lord about the newly completed Temple in Jerusalem, but his real focus is that when he or the people make sacrifices and pray there, especially when the prayers are righteous or contrite with regard to their human failings, that God hear and respond. Jesus has promised me that I no longer need a temple or animal sacrifices or priests or a king to get God to pay attention, I just need to be honest about who I am (especially the bad stuff) and what my heart tells me are the deepest needs of myself and the community and world that surrounds me. The key to me seems to be not to ask for what I want, but for what I or someone else needs, and then to listen for God’s response. And when I truly do this I believe that sometimes, at least momentarily, I catch a glimpse of what is in God’s heart.

My Prayer:

Jesus, I pray that I will continue to grow in the desire to be in conversation with you, not only asking for what is really needed, but also listening for what you offer to help me understand. Help me to be real with you and others. Amen.

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