When a prayer or plea is made by anyone among your people Israel – being aware of the afflictions of their own hearts, and spreading out their hands toward this temple – then hear from heaven, your dwelling place. Forgive and act…

1 Kings 8:38-39

The wise king recognised the heart-cries of his people in the myriad problems they faced and included each in his prayer. The dedication of the Temple was thus brought personally near to each in the throng before the altar that day. May all at our prayer meeting be as sure that their burden will be expressed by a brother who leads.

Daily Reading: Amos 7

Bible in One Year: Acts 6; Deuteronomy 28; Job 17