40 Days of Prayer: Thursday, April 4
by Carlos De Freitas
Macland Baptist Church
12 Then the Lord appeared to Solomon at night and said to him, “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice. 13 If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, 14 and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 15 Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayer offered in this place. 16 For now I have chosen and consecrated this house that My name may be there forever, and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually. 17 As for you, if you walk before Me as your father David walked, even to do according to all that I have commanded you, and will keep My statutes and My ordinances, 18 then I will establish your royal throne as I covenanted with your father David, saying, ‘You shall not lack a man to be ruler in Israel.’
19 “But if you turn away and forsake My statutes and My commandments which I have set before you, and go and serve other gods and worship them, 20 then I will uproot you from My land which I have given you, and this house which I have consecrated for My name I will cast out of My sight and I will make it a proverb and a byword among all peoples.21 As for this house, which was exalted, everyone who passes by it will be astonished and say, ‘Why has the Lord done thus to this land and to this house?’ 22 And they will say, ‘Because they forsook the Lord, the God of their fathers who brought them from the land of Egypt, and they adopted other gods and worshiped them and served them; therefore He has brought all this adversity on them.’” 2 Chronicles 7:12-22 (NASB)
As we all know, life can get busy and this makes it tough to spend time with God and when we pray or should I say if we pray our prayers, well, they feel kind of boring. Have you ever found yourself there? Maybe you sometimes feel like your prayers aren’t accomplishing anything?
I know I’ve felt this way at times. Sometimes prayer can feel like you’re talking to thin air or like your prayers are just bouncing off the ceiling.
Part of the problem is that it just becomes an empty routine— that we stop actually trying to engage with God just like Solomon did.
With his building projects completed Salomon’s heart was puffed up with pride. His love for the Lord was waning. He had begun that spiritual decline which eventually led to idolatry. This divine word served to remind Solomon of that wonderful prayer and youthful devotion which he was in danger of losing
Solomon began his reign at the altar, sacrificing to the Lord and asking Him for wisdom, but that didn’t continue.
Verse 14 is probably the best known and most often quoted verse in all of 2 Chronicles. In this verse God outlines the conditions which Israel must fulfill if they are to know his blessings. With that verse in mind I would like to ask you 4 questions God asked His people in this verse:
- What if my people Pray? Can you stop for a second and imagine if God’s people truly prayed! What if we truly prayed for revival? Powerless prayers make for powerless churches because we are only relying on our own power and wisdom and just like Salomon it is just a better of time before we fall. But God said if we pray He will hear our cries.
- What if my people humble themselves? James 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. And verse 10 says Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you. We like Solomon become so proud of our achievements we forget that we can only achieve that which God allows us to achieve. We have become too proud.
- What if my people seek my face? We all want the results without the work. We want to be buff without working out. We want to find God, but we are not looking for Him. We want all the benefits of being close to God without been close to Him. if we truly want revival we must seek Him with all our hearts, all soul, with all that we are.
- What if my people repent from their sins? As we truly seek God’s face our sins will be revealed and our only response should be repentance. Revival will happen when we stop focusing on our neighbors’ sin and start focusing on our own.
If we want to be heard, for Him to be attentive to our cries, for God to forgive, heal and restore, we must pray and humbly seek His face turning from our wicked behaviors. God always demands a response from us. What is your response?
Pray and ask God to reveal anything that is a hindrance in your relationship with HIM as you humbly seek His face.
Psalm 139:23-24 says Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me; lead me in the everlasting way.
Here are some areas in our lives where we often have issues: Our thoughts; Attitudes; Speech; Relationships; Actions; Omissions and Self-rule.
Personal Reflection & Confession
Ask Him to reveal SIN.
Humbly Confess that SIN.
Do you need to make AMENDS?
Do you need to remove a TEMPTATION?
Ask HIS HELP.