In Solomon’s prayer of dedication, he was, in many ways, fulfilling the role of the priest, making seven petitions to God on behalf of the people. He prayed for a man who sins against his neighbor, an army that is defeated, crops that fail, foreigners that call on God, and exiles that are dispersed.
The king typically was forbidden to step into the role of a priest (see 1 Sam. 13:10-13; 2 Chron. 26:18-19). But Solomon wasn’t making sacrifices for the people; he was interceding for them. Still, this is a good reminder that on this side of the cross, we have a better mediator than Solomon: the perfect prophet, priest, and king in Jesus. As our great High Priest, Jesus makes constant intercession for us, and we are invited to take all our petitions to Him (Rom. 8:34; Heb. 7:25).
What have you been holding back from taking to God that you can bring to Him today through Christ?