Background: The second book of Chronicles was written to encourage God’s people who had been exiled to Babylon and were wondering if God was still for them. This section describes Solomon’s worship of God when he had completed building the temple.
Ask the children…
When Solomon led the people in their prayer of worship and dedication of the temple, what was his posture?
“then he knelt in front of the entire community of Israel and lifted his hands toward heaven.” (2 Chronicles 6:13)
Kneeling symbolizes humility before God and raised hands symbolizes dependence on God for what He provides and a wide open love for God.
What does Solomon praise God for in this prayer?
“O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you in all of heaven and earth. You keep your covenant and show unfailing love to all who walk before you in wholehearted devotion. 15 You have kept your promise to your servant David, my father. You made that promise with your own mouth, and with your own hands you have fulfilled it today.” (2 Chronicles 6:14, 15)
First he praises God for who He is, the God of heaven and earth. Then Solomon praises God for what He has done in keeping His covenant promises and loving His people.
Ask your children what they can praise God for? Who He is and what He has done for them? Have everyone get on their knees and raise their hands towards heaven and pray these prayers of worship and praise to God out loud. Then listen in the silence for God’s pleasure in your worship.
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