Now, O my God, let your eyes be open and your ears attentive to the prayer of this place.
“And now arise, O LORD God, and go to your resting place,
you and the ark of your might.
Let your priests, O LORD God, be clothed with salvation,
and let your saints rejoice in your goodness.
O LORD God, do not turn away the face of your anointed one!
Remember your steadfast love for David your servant.”
—2 Chronicles 6:40-42
by: Trisha Gerstel.
God’s love is not dependent upon our actions or requests, because love is His nature. We read in 1 John 4:8 that “the one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” However, offering a prayer such as King Solomon’s—one in which we request God’s presence and grace—glorifies Him in its humility. Praying in this way not only acknowledges God’s benevolence in His desire to have a relationship with us, it also articulates our own desire to have a relationship with Him. As Jesus said, “the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart” (Matthew 15:18). Let your mouth show your heart’s desire to love and be loved by our Heavenly Father.