Each week this year, I have challenged myself to memorize a Scripture verses (or verses). This week’s verse is 2Chronicles 7:14.
“God’s people following God’s plan receive God’s promises.”
2Chronicles records the construction of the temple under the direction of King Solomon. In ch.6, Solomon knelt down before God’s people, spread his hands out toward Heaven, and prayed an amazing prayer of dedication.
When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from Heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. That had to be some kind of prayer!
After celebrating and praising God for over 2 weeks, the people went back to their homes joyful and glad in heart.
Later that night, after everyone had left, the Lord appeared to Solomon to tell him his prayers had been heard. That’s the immediate context for 7:14, our passage for today… “If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
– God’s People
This is a conditional clause: “If”. God says if we follow His plan, then we will receive His promises.
Who is revival for? It’s for God’s people… those who belong to God through conversion and who bear His name through commitment.
– God’s Plan
What are those things we are responsible to do? How do we follow God’s plan? This verse gives us 4 conditions to follow:
We are to humble ourselves. We are to attack pride and force ourselves to be humble. God wants us to see ourselves as He does… no more and no less.
After humbling ourselves, we are commanded to pray. If we want what’s best for our nation, we must humble ourselves and pray. If we want to receive God’s promises. then we need to follow God’s plan.
3. Seek God’s face.
The third condition is to “seek God’s face.” The idea of seeking implies a desire for something of great value. When you seek something of value, you rearrange your schedule and priorities until you find it. When we seek something, we are persistent.
Are you actively seeking an audience with God so you can do His will? Are you rearranging your priorities so you can come into His presence? We don’t have to look hard to find Him.
4. Turn from our wicked ways.
This is the true test of biblical repentance. Are we willing to turn away from sin and turn toward God?
The order here is significant. As we humble ourselves and pray and seek God with all that we have, our hunger will be satisfied by the sight of God’s face and we will no longer want to hold on to those things that grieve our Father.
– God’s Promises
When God’s people follow God’s plan, they will receive God’s promises. God says, “If My people do these 4 things, then I will do these 3 things.”
1. God will hear.
When we pray the way God directs us to pray, He promises He will hear our prayers. We don’t have to worry about getting God’s attention; He is online 24/7 and delights in hearing the prayers of His children.
2. God will forgive.
To forgive means to “send away” or “to let go.” Psalm 103:12 says, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” God is the only one who can forgive our sins and make us clean again. As 1John 1:9 states, when we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
3. God will heal.
The last promise has to do with national blessing for the nation.
Will you join me in praying for our nation?