David wanted to build a temple for God. Feeling convicted that the place of worship was a tent next to a palace, he believed God deserved grander quarters. However, God told David that it was not something for him to do, but rather his son, Solomon. Under Solomons reign, a temple would be built for the worship of God. The king knew that God’s presence could not be contained in a building made by man but that it represented the people’s opportunity to pray and God would hear them in Heaven. As Solomon would point out, this is the blessed opportunity for every person that seeks God.
Read 1 Kings 8:1-9:9
Thankfully, we do not need to go to a specific place or face toward a certain direction to pray. Prayer is not about the position of our body but the position of our heart. Christ has made this possible. As the Hebrew writer penned, ““Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:14-16). Jesus alone is sufficient to meet our needs. God has given us this hope through His Son. May we take every opportunity for prayer seriously and boldly.