One thing that is very interesting about the house of the Lord, of which Solomon helped govern the building, is that it also became a place where people would come to pray. And if they could not go their to pray, they would pray towards the temple instead. It was a holy place where God dwelled, so they focused their prayers in that direction. You can know this to be true by reading in 2 Chronicles 6. It mentions the need to pray towards the temple 7 times inexact, but is this true for today? We will be discussing this later. But as for now, starting with verse 20 and until the end of the chapter, you will see the word “towards” mentioned. It meaning the place of the house of God. Once such verse reads, 1“when the heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against thee; yet if they pray toward this place, and confess thy name, and turn from their sin, when thou dost afflict them; Then hear thou from heaven, and forgive the sin of thy servants, and of thy people Israel, when thou hast taught them the good way, wherein they should walk; and send rain upon thy land, which thou hast given unto thy people for an inheritance.” (2 Chronicles 6:26,27) Does this sound familiar in our day? It should since the Jews still go and pray towards what is left of the temple in Jerusalem, for it is a holy place to them to this day. The same can be said for the Muslim Religion, of which people face Mecca when they pray, for it is a holy place to them also. So the Jews, God’s people, and Muslims have this in common. This practice for the Jews dates between 931 to 913 BC, when Solomon was king. The date of when Muslims began their prayer ritual began in 632 AD, after Mohammad died.
You may wonder why I mention both the Jews and Muslims. My friends, it is because they are both using ancient traditions when it comes to their prayer life. However, with the Jews, they were correct to pray towards the temple in Jerusalem until Jesus died on the cross. It was after He was resurrected is when the heavens were opened up to all believers and no longer privy to a specific place on earth. The comforter is with every believer now. We no longer need to pray towards a place, because God is with us and is listening to us at all times now. We know this to be true the moment that Jesus breathed upon the disciples the Holy Spirit, and when the Holy Spirit was poured down upon the people at the day of Pentecost. The veil of the temple was also torn when Jesus died on the cross, meaning that the holy of holies was now opened up to everyone now. Every person could now come to God directly for answers. So what the Jews do now is wrong, since they are deceived into not knowing that Jesus is their promised Messiah. However, Jesus will one day show Himself to His people, and then they will all know that He is Lord of all. However, the same is not to be said for Muslims. Praying to Mecca has been wrong since the beginning. Also, them downplaying Jesus as a prophet is a scheme from the devil, which has worked for centuries, for there are now 1.6 billion of these lost people. My friends, the Jews need to know that Jesus is there Messiah, as well as the Muslims. People cannot be saved unless they accept Jesus as Lord. Then will they build a true relationship with God in prayer, and God will know them also.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I love and praise You this day and forever. You are the God of the heavens and I exalt You. You are the rock upon which I stand, and I have nothing to fear because You are with me. Thank You for the opening the heavens at Your resurrection, Jesus. It may have been a need to pray towards Jerusalem for a time because of the house of the Lord, but the veil has been torn since then by Your mighty hand. Access to the holy of holies, or where You dwelled, is for us all now. Thank You, Lord. Thank You for also allowing every believer to be grafted into Your fold. It is a privilege to be adopted in and have You as my Father, God. I don’t have to worry about being alone any longer, for You are always with me. Just as a Father cares for his children on earth, You continually open the heavens and pour out Your blessings upon me. I know that I am not perfect, but strive to dwell in Your holiness. Even if I fall, You are right there to catch me, so that I do not willfully sin. Lord, I pray that more people will come to know You as I have. If people would just understand that You, Jesus, is the son of God, and Lord God of all, then they would be saved. However, the Muslims only believe that You are a prophet, so their faith is lacking. And Lord, the Jews still think the Messiah is coming, which I wish I could declare to them all that You have already come and died for their sins in the flesh. Their king has already reigned upon this earth supreme, of which You are now dwelling on high in the heavens. I know that one day You will return, in order to show Yourself to the children of Israel and to every believer. Even people of every cult and false religion will bow down before You. People will be fearful in that day, but those that are saved will be glad. I am so happy to know You, Lord, and to be walking on the right path which leads to heaven. I love You, God. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
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