A Prayer for the Gentiles
Today’s reading: 1 Kings 7:13-8:61
God’s covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Israel always had a global focus, an inclusion of the Gentiles (Genesis12:3). Today’s reading gives another example of how the king of Israel, Solomon, understood this reality. Clearly this attitude did not carry over during New Testament times and during the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.
Is your prayer life informed by the Word of God? Solomon’s was in the case of his prayer at the newly opened temple. He showed a sensitivity to God’s grace and mercy toward “foreigners”. Heaven will include worshipers of God from every tribe, tongue, and nation (Revelation 7:9-10). Be sure you are praying for them.
[For more reflections on this passage see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].
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