King David is getting older in 1 Chronicles 22-25, and it's time for him to hand over the "reigns" to his son, Solomon. David sets him up for success with lots of preparation and prayers. He organizes the Levites by giving them specific jobs to do, and he gathers skilled workers and supplies. Thanks to his dad, Solomon has a head start on building and maintaining God's temple.
We know David was a great king for God. And today, we get a peek at David's relationship with his son, Solomon. Although we don't read Solomon's side of the story at this point, David's faith seems to be a big part of his parenting. It's such a beautiful thing, the way David prays for his son about what's ahead. Here's a snippet of David's prayerful charge...
11 “Now, my son, the Lord be with you, and may you have success and build the house of the Lord your God, as he said you would. 12 May the Lord give you discretion and understanding...
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged...
19 Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the Lord your God.
from 1 Chronicles 22
David prays through God's purpose for his child. What a beautiful and powerful, everlasting gift! I have to say, that's probably the best gift any of us can ever pass on to our children.
And so today, I want to think about one thing David brings to our attention.
9 Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the Lord your God.
What does that mean in my life? What does that mean in your life?
A prayer for today-
Thank You for the everlasting gift You have given in us in Your Son, Jesus.
Help me seek You in all of life's circumstances and in all that I do.
Guide me by Your Holy Spirit to live in Your purpose for me, and show me how to pass on Your purpose for my children.
Be with us, as a family, and help us devote our hearts to You. We pray for discretion and understanding, strength and courage.
I also pray for families who are struggling, hurting, and broken. May You heal them with Your powerful love. The ________________ family is on my heart today.
I love You, Lord, with all my heart, soul, and mind.
In Jesus' name I pray,
Peace of Christ,