THERE IS NO GOD LIKE YOU/A PRAYER OF DEDICATION /PROMISES KEPT/FULFILLING A PROMISE
Study Date: 11 Mar 18
Scripture: 2 Chronicles 6: 1-21
Biblical Date: 959 B.C.
KEY VERSE: “O Lord God of Israel, there is no God like thee in the heaven, not in the earth; which keepest covenant, and shewest mercy unto thy servants, that walk before thee with all their hearts.” (2 Chronicles 6: 14)
RESOURCES FOR THE SEED: Psalm 132: 8-118; Acts 2: 29-36; 2 Chronicles 6: 1-11; 2 Chronicles 6: 28-40.
- To identify the promise God made to His people about a perpetual king.
- To know the prayer life as practiced by Solomon.
- To recognize the uniqueness of prayer for believers.
- To affirm the faithfulness of God.
- To develop a prayer life that affirms the promises of God although some seem not fulfilled.
- To make our daily lives practically one continuous prayer.
WORDS TO REMEMBER
- Blessed—to kneel, to be blessed, happy.
- Chosen—elected, decided for, to be selected.
- Habitation—residence, elevation, lofty abode, high place.
- Heart—the inner man, the mind, the will, the soul, ones understanding.
- Name—that which designates and distinguishes.
- Spoken—declared, commanded, promised, to speak
BREAKING UP FALLOW GROUND/TILLING THE SOIL
- Identify Solomon.
- Why was Solomon praying at this time?
- What is your understanding of God and the relations He has with believers?
- Where was Solomon when he prayed?
- Why did Solomon pray is the outer court instead of the inner court?
- What is the role of the Temple in the fulfillment of God promises.
- What gestures are commonly associated with prayer in the Old Testament?
THE SEED THERE IS NO GOD LIKE YOU/A PRAYER OF DEDICATION 2 Chronicles 6: 1-21
- Humbling Oneself before God (2 Chronicles 6: 12-13) Worship Preparation.
- Never treat worship lightly or without contemplation.
- How do we behavior just prior to invocation in our churches?
- What difference would coming silently before God make?
- Remove distractions, humble oneself, intentionally focus, and expect to hear from God.
- Body position reminds us that we are in worship of the Great God.
- ReCounting the Greatness of God (2 Chronicles 6:14-18) Worship Realization.
- Know that God is the one to whom we pray.
- The most important thing we can be is not our position but our relationship to God.
- God is truthful, immutable, and love.
- God’s promises are fulfilled and His people are to walk according to His law.
- Making a Petition of God (2 Chronicles 6: 19-21) Worship Glorification.
- No matter how great what we build is not sufficient to contain God.
- We must turn to God for His mercy.
- Nothing we do is too much for God.
- Our prayer requested must be connected to God’s love and His unchanging promise.
While the world sees nothing in our prayers, God sees great value there. PRAY!
PLANTING THE SEED
- What came immediately before the dedication of the Temple?
- How did Solomon show his humility and reliance on God?
- What is the significance of the names “LORD” and “Lord”?
- What does each of these names mean to us?
- What appeal did Solomon make about the Promise of God to David?
- How do we understand the immensity and the awareness of God?
- How did Solomon ask God to answer His prayers?
- What is the importance of the place where God puts His name?
- What was the main petition of Solomon’s prayer?
- What are steps you can take to dedicate yourself to the Lord?
NURTURING THE SEED
- What is important to do before putting the house of God into service?
- What is the importance of prayer when standing before God?
- What does kneeling, being humble, and reaching out to God signify?
- Is there a place in prayer to be personal?
- What can we do to show our expectations of the presence of God?
- What two things ought we ask God for in prayer for ourselves and others?
- Is the answer to prayer is rooted in our faithfulness or the faithfulness of God?
FRUIT FROM THE CROP
- God is sovereign so that even kings and rulers must bow before Him.
- Honor God’s covenant and He will always keep His promises.
- Some of the tasks of God require multiply generations to complete.
- We should feel honored to have God present in our places of worship.
- Always reverence the house of God.
- The house of god is a place of refuge, forgiveness, and healing.
- Like Solomon, we must prepare for worship of God.
- The promises of God are always kept in His time.
- God is present to hear and answer our prayers.
- God dwells in heaven and with his people at the same time.
- We need to live our lives according to the teachings and example of God.