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That the Fully Committed Will Stay Strong

Parachute Prayer Post“And may your hearts be fully committed to the Lord our God, to live by his decrees and obey his commands, as at this time.” -1 Kings 8:61

After Solomon built and dedicated God’s Temple, he spoke to the people. 1 Kings 8:61 records some of his words. When I read the first phrase of this verse, I started to pray for people I know who aren’t fully committed to the Lord. But then I read the last phrase. Solomon wasn’t urging the people to become committed to the Lord; he wanted them to stay that way. That little phrase, as at this time, reminded me, once again, that while it’s important to pray for the one lost sheep to be found (Luke 15:1-7), it’s also important to pray for the 99 who are safely in the fold.

And Solomon’s own life proves this. Just three chapters later, we read of Solomon’s downfall and death. This king who urged God’s people to remain faithful did not. Tragically, his choices set a series of events in motion that led the whole nation to fall. Likewise, when strong Christians falter, they tend to take others down with them. 1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” When our enemy gets hold of someone influential, he’s especially thrilled. It’s his opportunity to take a whole herd. For everyone’s sake, we must pray that those who are committed to God will find the strength in Him to stay that way.

Because Solomon was a king and because Christians are God’s “chosen people, a royal priesthood” (1 Peter 2:9), let’s let symbols of royalty be our prompt to pray. When we see crowns, thrones, scepters, news of one royal family or another, let’s ask God to strengthen those who are fully committed to Him. May their hearts remain that way for their good, for the good of God’s Kingdom, and for God’s glory. Amen.


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Janet Benlien Reeves

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  1. Excellent reminder! Thank you!
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  2. My mind is always boggled at Solomon. How does he go from pleasing God by asking for wisdom to sink so lowly at the end of his life? We debate a lot at my Bible study whether he was truly saved. Tough one. This is good to remember1
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  3. Gettting commited is great but staying there can be challenging. Life throws so many obstacles in your way and your commitments can get in the way. Putting God first is imporatant. When you do you will be tested. But stayi g firm and groundeded will help you stay where you need to be.

  4. Yes, yes may our hearts be faithful (and stay faithful till the end)…. it’s the day in, day out struggles! Thanks for sharing!
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  5. Another well thought out post. Christians must be watchful of Satan’s antics. He loves to pull us away from the Lord’s will for our lives.
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