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Week 10—Read 1 Kings 8:22-53 to see the context of this week’s verse or, if you’ve got a little bit of time, read all of chapter 8. In a nutshell, the Temple of the Lord in Jerusalem has finally been built, and Solomon is dedicating it with praise, prayer, blessings, and sacrifices. Verses 22 to 53 contain Solomon’s prayer. A nearly-identical prayer is found in 2 Chronicles 6:14-42. Solomon’s prayer is like a treasure chest full of theology. He says God is unique (23a), gracious (23b), faithful (24), omnipresent (27), watchful (29), forgiving (30, 36, 50a), just and righteous (32), merciful (33), omniscient (39), great and powerful (42), and compassionate (50b). 9 times Solomon asks God to hear His people’s prayer in Heaven. He repeatedly emphasizes God’s omnipresence—that God exists everywhere, all at once. He is not limited to a specific location, like heaven. “Heaven—even the highest heaven—cannot contain You,” (v. 27). He can hear our prayers on earth because He is here with us. He can answer our prayers from heaven because He’s there, too! Solomon’s focus in his prayer is that our powerful, omnipresent, gracious God would forgive His people’s sins and bless their nation. Ask your family these questions to dig deeper into the text: Can you go anywhere that God can’t find you? Can we do anything that God won’t see? How does that make you feel? What’s a time that God has been there for you when you really needed Him? What’s a prayer request that God has answered for you? After you finish asking the questions, take turns reading through the key verse in your booklet and memorize it together!

Every verse in the Bible points us to the Good News of Jesus Christ. What Gospel Connections do we find in 1 Kings 8:27? (1) The Spirit who dwells in us. You might have heard the phrase “asking Jesus into your heart.” We often use language like this to help kids understand salvation, but the truth is that it’s actually the Holy Spirit who dwells in our hearts (1 Corinthians 3:16; 2 Timothy 1:14). He is able to indwell every believer, millions upon millions of people, all at the same time, because He is omnipresent just like our key verse tells us! You can trust that God is always with you, no matter where you go or what you’re going through! Can you see any more pathways to the Gospel in 1 Kings 8:27? We would love to hear about it! Send us a quick email at fbc@fbcvan.org and let us know!

A song for kids about Psalm 139 and God’s omnipresence.

An animated overview of 1 and 2 Kings!

A great kids lesson on God’s omnipresence!