Solomon’s Prayer of Dedication
At the dedication of the temple, Solomon prayed until he had finished praying. He neither prayed too briefly, nor too long – he prayed until God released him. Back in the day people called this “praying through.” It is laying hold of God and praying until we know we have laid hold of God.
2 Chronicles 7:1-3 – “Now when Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the house. The priests could not enter into the house of the Lord because the glory of the Lord filled the Lord’s house. All the sons of Israel, seeing the fire come down and the glory of the Lord upon the house, bowed down on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave praise to the Lord, saying, Truly He is good, truly His lovingkindness is everlasting.”
It was when Solomon had finished praying that fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering, the glory of the Lord filled the house, and the people bowed down with their faces to the ground and worshiped the Lord. Do we ever really finish praying as Solomon did?
We can pray for fifteen minutes, an hour, or even two hours, and possibly never finish praying. We must be determined that we are going to seek the face of God until we know we have reached God and it is enough – we have truly finished praying. The Holy Ghost has released us and our work is complete.
It’s not the amount of time that determines if we have prayed through, but the Spirit of God. Solomon prayed until the Spirit of God had released him, he knew he was finished. Let’s not set a limit on our prayer time, but pray until the Holy Ghost releases us. In our daily prayer time, if we will pray until we have finished, the results will manifest as they were at Solomon’s dedication of the temple.
When we truly pray until we have finished, there will be a reaction from heaven. When we have filled the heavenly alter with the incense of our prayers, things will begin to happen.
We see a reaction from heaven as a result of the heavevly alter being filled with the prayers of the saints in Revelation 8:3-6. Similar manifestations took place in the upper room on the day of Pentecost after they had prayed for ten straight days (Acts 1:14, 2:1-4). What were the results of Solomon praying through?
Fire Came Down from Heaven
If we will pray until we have finished, we will find the fire of the Holy Ghost consuming us and our churches once again. When this happened on Pentecost 3,000 people were saved (Acts 2:41). If we pray until we have finished, we won’t need a lot of hype, special entertainment, donuts and coffee, advertisements, or long and eloquent sermons to fill our churches.
The fire of the Holy Ghost will fill them beyond our wildest dreams. When the fire of the Holy Spirit fell in Acts 2, Peter didn’t even have a chance to finish his sermon. People came in from the street, “pierced to the heart, and said, Brethren, what shall we do” (Acts 2:37)?
The Glory of the Lord Filled the House
If we will pray until we have finished, we will find the glory of God filling the church again. Most of us have not lived long enough to have experienced this or even know what it’s like. Many great men and women of God, who have experienced His glory, are passing off the scene.
Oh, that God would restore those days when men and women prayed until the glory of God filled God’s house, so much so that they can not continue to minister because of the thickness of His glory!
People Fell to the Ground and Worshiped
This was sincere, heart-felt worship. They were responding to what they had seen, felt and experienced. This was true worship, in spirit and truth (John 4:23-24). When we pray until we have finished, we will experience fire from heaven, the glory of the Lord, and our people will begin worshiping like never before. They won’t have to be worked up into an emotional frenzy to worship, they will worship naturally in response to a touch from heaven.
Let’s pray through until we have finished!