“If there is famine in the land, if there is pestilence or blight or mildew or locust or caterpillar, if their enemies besiege them in the land at their gates, whatever plague, whatever sickness there is, whatever prayer, whatever plea is made by any man or by all your people Israel, each knowing his own affliction and his own sorrow and stretching out his hands toward this house, then hear from heaven your dwelling place and forgive and render to each whose heart you know, according to all his ways, for you, you only, know the hearts of the children of mankind, that they may fear you and walk in your ways all the days that they live in the land that you gave to our fathers.
“Likewise, when a foreigner, who is not of your people Israel, comes from a far country for the sake of your great name and your mighty hand and your outstretched arm, when he comes and prays toward this house, hear from heaven your dwelling place and 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 fear you, as do your people Israel, and that they may know that this house that I have built is called by your name.
—2 Chronicles 6:28-33
by: Paula Davis.
All who were in need and recognized the Lord as God were welcome at the Temple. It did not matter if they were from Israel or foreigners. Solomon asked that God would hear and answer their prayers. God expects the same from us in our churches and in our personal circles. He desires that all would know Him as Lord and not be excluded because they are from a different place or look different than we do or have different customs than we have. God desires us to open our hearts, God’s temple, to others the way we open them to Him.