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David said, “My son Solomon is young and inexperienced, and the house to be built for the Lord should be of great magnificence and fame and splendor in the sight of all the nations. Therefore I will make preparations for it.” So David made extensive preparations before his death. – 1 Chronicles 22:5
Once David was informed that he would not be the king to build the temple of the Lord, he did the next best thing: he began making preparations for it. The Bible says he gathered wood, gold, silver and gems so that when Solomon was old enough to take over, everything would be ready.
When the day comes for Solomon to take his position as king, it was time for to begin building. But he does something else first. HE PRAYS. He has the right job, the right supplies, the right crew and yet he still stops to inquire of the Lord.
I’ve mentioned before that I homeschool my kids. As a planner, I usually have their entire month planned out and I review each week on Monday to be sure I have what I need. But one thing I’m learning to never overlook is beginning our days with prayer. Especially if I’m teaching something new! “Lord, help me to teach equivalent fractions with clarity and minimal yelling. Amen.”
I think some of us reserve prayer for major situations or a crisis. But we’ve been instructed to “come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)
God doesn’t place any stipulations on what we can bring to him. Big or small, he cares and wants to help us. As the New Year approaches, I want to face it like Solomon did when it was time to build the temple. I want to start with prayer.
Solomon asked God for wisdom in how to lead the people of Israel. He didn’t just pop up and make a bunch of new rules as king and then ask God to bless it. He asked God what he should do.
When you prepare for the new year (or new week or new day), ask God how you should make your goals and what they should be. Psalm37:4 says “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Many people think this only means God will give you what you desire. But I also believe he will give you WHAT TO desire.
I’ve started the year with fasting and prayer every year since I became a believer in 2006. It’s a great way to quiet down from the holidays and reset for the new year. It’s a great way to hear from God about your life and to get direction. Like Solomon, it would do us good to take time to inquire of God before we barge into the throne room with a list.
Next week, we’ll talk about step to: Plan to Prosper.