In 1 Kings 8:39, we clearly see that God knows the hearts of all men. This is a claim to the omniscience of God. “then hear in heaven Your dwelling place, and forgive, and act, and give to everyone according to all his ways, whose heart You know (for You alone know the hearts of all the sons of men),” 1 Kings 8:39.
Moses would say it like this: “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” Deuteronomy 29:29.
It is written in Matthew 10:30, “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered”, therefore God truly knows everything about us.
Paul, who was inspired by the Holy Spirit to bring truth to all men, said in 1 Corinthians 4:5, “Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will come from God.”
Solomon knew the same truth. God knows all, and one day we will all be judged by Him. Solomon, knowing this, shows fear and humility concerning the omniscience of God during his prayer.
Not only does Solomon know that God sees into the hearts of men, he also knows that God is powerful in all areas. Solomon acknowledges the Power of God in 1 Kings 8:35-40. While petitioning for the people of God, Solomon proclaims that God is in charge of all. Friends, God not only knows our hearts, but also rules nature, governments, and authorities of men (Romans 13:1, 1 Kings 8:35-40). God rules over the kingdoms of men (Daniel 4:17). Solomon, knowing this truth, prayed accordingly with this understanding in mind. He knew that his kingdom was given by God as a promise that was made to his father David (2 Samuel 7:12-16).
When we pray, let us remember to be humble and show humility as God knows all and knows best.
To be continued..