Thursday, November 26th, 2009
"Throw all your anxiety upon [God], because he cares for you." (1 Peter 5:7)
At the dedication of the temple in Jerusalem, Solomon implored Jehovah to hear the prayer of each honesthearted one who approached Him concerning “his own plague and his own pain.” (2 Chronicles 6:29-31) Solomon expressed his confidence that God would not only hear the prayers of these distressed individuals but also act in their behalf. We can likewise approach Jehovah in prayer concerning our individual distresses. We should be comforted in knowing that he understands our distresses and that he cares about us. It matters to Jehovah what happens to us. Jesus emphasized Jehovah’s loving care, saying: “Do not two sparrows sell for a coin of small value? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s knowledge. . . . Therefore have no fear: you are worth more than many sparrows.”—Matthew 10:29-31.
(Watchtower issue: 03/15/08, 3:5, 6)
what's interesting about Solomon's prayer at 2 Chronicles chpt 6 (which I highly recommend listening to, by downloading the audio version off the website, since it really makes the account come alive), is that after he lists a variety of different 'plagues' that could befall the people which he sums up in verse 28...
"In case a famine occurs in the land, in case a pestilence occurs, in case scorching and mildew, locusts and cockroaches occur; in case their enemies besiege them in the land of their gates"
Solomon then goes on to add that very personal part of the request which encompasses literally every sort of petition that could be made to God:
"—any sort of plague and any sort of malady—whatever prayer, whatever request for favor there may occur on the part of any man or of all your people Israel, because they know each one his own plague and his own pain; when he actually spreads out his palms toward this house, then may you yourself hear from the heavens, the place of your dwelling, and you must forgive and give to each one according to all his ways, because you know his heart (for you yourself alone well know the heart of the sons of mankind); to the end that they may fear you by walking in your ways all the days that they are alive upon the surface of the ground that you gave to our forefathers." (2 Ch 6:29-31)
Then Solomon even includes in his request the petitions made by foreigners who have only *heard* of Jehovah's name and his great power, so that even their prayers should be granted:
"And also to the foreigner who is no part of your people Israel and who actually comes from a distant land by reason of your great name and your strong hand and your stretched-out arm, and they actually come and pray toward this house, then may you yourself listen from the heavens, from your established place of dwelling, and you must do according to all for which the foreigner calls to you; in order that all the peoples of the earth may know your name and may fear you the same as your people Israel do, and may know that your name has been called upon this house that I have built." (2 Ch 6:32, 33)
but the best part is how Jehovah 'answers' Solomon's prayer:
"Now as soon as Sol′o·mon finished praying, the fire itself came down from the heavens and proceeded to consume the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and Jehovah’s glory itself filled the house. And the priests were unable to enter into the house of Jehovah because Jehovah’s glory had filled the house of Jehovah. And all the sons of Israel were spectators when the fire came down and the glory of Jehovah was upon the house, and they immediately bowed low with their faces to the earth upon the pavement and prostrated themselves and thanked Jehovah, “for he is good, for his loving-kindness is to time indefinite.” (2 Ch 7:1-3)
here's a good article from the website also:
The Power of Prayer