It took seven years for thousands of builders and artisans to build the Temple under Solomon’s leadership. When it was completed, Solomon dedicated the Temple to the LORD with a lengthy prayer. Some parts of Solomon’s prayer to God at the dedication of the temple are given which add to our treasury of posts praising His Holy Name.
Solomon’s prayer to the LORD 2 Chronicles 6:24-25, 32-33
verses 24-25 “When Your people Israel have sinned against You and are defeated by the enemy, but afterward they return and praise Your Name, and they pray to You and entreat You in this temple, listen from heaven and forgive the sin of Your people Israel, and bring them back to the land which You gave them and their fathers. When the sky is closed so that there is no rain, because they have sinned against You, but then they pray toward this place and praise Your Name, and they withdraw from sin because You afflict them, listen in heaven and forgive the sin of Your servants and of Your people Israel. But teach them the right way to live, and send rain upon Your land which You gave Your people as their heritage.”
verses 32-33 “For the foreigner, too, who is not of Your people Israel, when he comes from a distant land to honor Your great Name, Your mighty Power, and Your outstretched Arm, when they come in prayer to this temple, listen from Your heavenly dwelling place, and do whatever the foreigner entreats You, that all the peoples of the earth may know Your Name, fearing You as do Your people Israel, and knowing that this house which I have built is dedicated to Your honor.”
God’s response to Solomon’s prayer at the dedication of the temple
56. 2 Chronicles 7:13-14, 16
Verses 13-14 “If I close heaven so that there is no rain, if I command the locust to devour the land, if I send pestilence among My people, and if My people, upon whom My Name has been pronounced, humble themselves and pray, and seek My presence and turn from their evil ways, I will hear them from heaven and pardon their sins and revive their land.”
verse 16 “And now I have chosen and consecrated this house that My Name may be there forever; My Eyes and My Heart also shall be there always.”