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Laying hold on Eternal Life: BY GIVING THEIR LIFE BACK TO GOD This morning God’s Word has a powerful illustration of how we should pray for our families. Remember we are to be Raising Godly Families – One Prayer at a Time.

Open with me this morning to one of the truly great prayers of a father for his son. This prayer is in 1st Chronicles 28.9.

1 Chronicles 28:9 ” As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever. (NKJV)

Now as we turn over to 1st Chronicles 29, let me tell you about David as he prayed for his son Solomon.

David wasn’t perfect but he prayed.
David made many mistakes but he always loved the Lord.
David’s children may not all have turned out to be saints but he was God’s man.
David might have failed here and there as a father – but in God’s sight he was a man after God’s own heart.

So here is a grand lesson for us as we seek to Raise Godly Families – One Prayer at a Time. Listen to David as he prays that Solomon Gives his life back to the Lord. Please stand as we read 1st Chronicles 29.10-20.

The Lord says David was very special. We wonder how does God figure that? To answer that and to see the larger lesson of giving our life to God back up and look at the entire life of David.

• As a boy King Saul offers great rewards for anyone who would face Goliath. David says keep all that I’ll go for the Name of the Lord. (I Samuel 17)
• As a young man David has trophies of his great triumphs, but those he lays before the Lord at the Tabernacle. (I Samuel 21.9)
• At the end of his life David confesses something. While he was winning every battle, conquering and plundering every kingdom around Israel, he had been following a plan. David was storing up all the treasures he could for the Lord! Look at 1st Chronicles 22.14:

Indeed I have taken much trouble to prepare for the house of the Lord one hundred thousand talents of gold and one million talents of silver, and bronze and iron beyond measure, for it is so abundant. I have prepared timber and stone also, and you may add to them.

Did you catch that? David had a fabulously successful 40-year career in two locations (Hebron and Jerusalem 1st Chronicles 29.27), which netted him incredible financial gain. But all the way through his whole heart was the Lord’s. So he treasured up all that he could and gives it to the Lord.