1 Kings 8:37 (KJV)
If there be in the land famine, if there be pestilence, blasting, mildew, locust, or if there be caterpiller; if their enemy besiege them in the land of their cities; whatsoever plague, whatsoever sickness there be;
Solomon’s prayer of dedication is thirty verses long. Nine times he uses the conjunction “if.” Seven times he requests of God, “Then hear thou [their prayer].” This is an unusually long prayer by the standards of the Bible and one that would be challenging to compose. Solomon seems to try to think of every possible event that might happen in the future of his nation. The formula he repeats is,
If + (an unknown variable) + prayer = “Then hear thou.”
Solomon, in God’s wisdom, could foresee certain possibilities in Israel. He could not anticipate them all. He did not pray that God would answer all the possibilities ahead of time. He prayed that God’s people would pray in whatever the event and that, when they prayed, God would hear and answer.
Life is filled with any number of possibilities. We would never be able to enumerate them all. What we can do is, regardless of the event,
- Turn to the Lord
- Pray, and
- Trust the Lord to answer
It is a reasonable prayer to ask God to hear whatever our prayer, whenever we turn to Him in prayer.
 His prayer included that Israel, in the future, would pray.
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