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Prayer Devotional: Day 94

When Solomon had finished the temple of the Lord and the royal palace, and had succeeded in carrying out all he had in mind to do in the temple of the Lord and in his own palace, the Lord appeared to him at night and said: “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a temple for sacrifices. – 2 Chronicles 7:11‭-‬12 NIV

We are lucky that because of Jesus and His sacrifice, we do not need to travel to a temple these days to prepare burnt offerings.

We may not have access to Solomon’s temple, but we can appreciate traveling to a place of worship.

When my husband, son, and I visited Temple Square, we had to travel several hours. Having never seen the lightning of Temple Square before, I didn’t know what to expect. I would not have known which building was the temple until someone pointed it out, and it was under construction. I actually mistook another building for the temple.

It is impossible to miss Jesus’s sacrifice for us. It’s a blessing that our God cares for us as much as He does. Amen.

Prayer Journal: Day 258

Day 258

Splendor and majesty are before Him; strength and glory are in His sanctuary. – Psalms 96:6 NIV

We can’t be 100% all the time. We are human. The Lord knows that we are weak and that we need His strength. When we take time to rest from our work and glorify Him, our burnout subsides. We can heal.

There is a kind of splendor in the ordinary. In every flower and creature that God formed.

The Lord is majestic in that He took on human form to save us. Christ’s death on the cross must have been excruciating. I sometimes wonder if God the Father could have spared Jesus from the pain He endured. How humiliating it must have been to die a criminal’s death. He had the reassurance that He would rise again. He knew it beyond a shadow of a doubt. Jesus relates to our suffering because He knew what pain felt like. He endured it all for us. What an incredible sacrifice. Amen.

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