We once did a bible study about prayer and the acronym A.C.T.S. came up as a way to structure our prayers. How interesting to see Solomon's prayer of dedication follow a similar format:
“O , 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.
Solomon opens his prayer with praise.
Solomon admits his own inferiority and unworthiness compared to God.
Yes, hear us from heaven where you live, and when you hear, forgive.
Solomon acknowledges God's faithfulness and ability to restore what is broken.
then hear from heaven and judge between your servants—the accuser and the accused.
then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of your people Israel and return them to this land you gave to them and to their ancestors.
then hear from heaven and forgive the sins of your servants, your people Israel. Teach them to follow the right path, and send rain on your land that you have given to your people as their special possession.
then hear from heaven where you live, and grant what they ask of you. In this way, all the people of the earth will come to know and fear you, just as your own people Israel do.
then hear their prayers from heaven and uphold their cause.
then hear their prayers and their petitions from heaven where you live, and uphold their cause. Forgive your people who have sinned against you.
Solomon finishes with his requests to God. As we pray, we can pray as Solomon did.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: 2 Chronicles 8:11-10:19 Romans 8:9-25, Psalm 18:16-36, Proverbs 19:26