Negated Prayer

Psalm 72:1-7  
Of Solomon. 

Endow the king with your justice, O God, the royal son with your righteousness. May he judge your people in righteousness, your afflicted ones with justice. May the mountains bring prosperity to the people, the hills the fruit of righteousness. May he defend the afflicted among the people and save the children of the needy; may he crush the oppressor. May he endure as long as the sun, as long as the moon, through all generations. May he be like rain falling on a mown field, like showers watering the earth. In his days may the righteous flourish and prosperity abound till the moon is no more.

Two psalms are attributed to Solomon (Psalms 72 and 127). Here the king describes his reign. He asks God to bless the people of his kingdom. Some commentators believe that this psalm foretells the millennial kingdom.

King Solomon prayed for righteousness and justice. He asked that God provide prosperity for his people. He requested for God to “defend the afflicted,” “save the…needy,” and “crush the oppressor.” He asked that the king’s sons would continue to reign and that God bless the kingdom through his leadership. 

Unfortunately Solomon did not allow his prayer to be answered. His disobedience turned his heart from God. After Solomon’s reign, war split the kingdom until both the North (Israel) and the South (Judah) were taken into captivity. The lesson: Make sure the actions of your life match the prayers of your lips.

Father, please don’t let me pull a Solomon. Don’t let my actions negate my prayers. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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