One of the great kings in history was given the opportunity to ask God’s blessing on his reign. Solomon, in his succession of David to the throne of Israel, recognized the necessity to rule God’s chosen people in righteousness and justice. Scripture acknowledges that this young king whose faith had been placed in the pre-incarnate Christ, the God of Israel, surprisingly shunned requesting a prosperous and lengthy reign, thus acknowledging his dependence on the Lord.
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One of the greatest privileges of the believer in Jesus Christ is that of going before the throne of grace in prayer. The writer of the Hebrews, writing to Jewish Christians some three years before the destruction of Jerusalem, encourages them to take their petitions to the Heavenly Father. “Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need” (Heb 4:16 NASB).