“if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:14 (NRSV)
Prodigal Thoughts: Some folks feel loved the most when you spend quality time with them. Others, presents/gifts. Others, acts of service, etc. There seems to be a running theme throughout God’s word. A humble heart that seeks to live according to God’s word and is prayerfully focused on Him. Perhaps this is the type of lifestyle that gets God’s attention. I’m not saying we should do these things to manipulate God as He knows our hearts. I highly doubt we would be able to pull the proverbial wool over His eyes anyway. In 1 Samuel 8, the people of Israel learn this lesson the hard way. They march into battle against the Philistines and Israel is defeated, losing 3,000 soldiers. Then they get this bright idea of getting the Ark of the Covenant and taking that into battle because they thought God would be with them and defeat the Philistines. Nope. They were living opposed to God’s commandments and were a prideful bunch. They marched the Ark into battle, and they were pummeled even worse than before, losing 40,000 soldiers as well as the Ark of the Covenant. It wasn’t until Samuel led them in a renewal of the covenant by prayer, humbling of their hearts, and confession of their sins that God heard them and led them in victory.
Prayer for today: Today, I pray that we would make a habit of surrendering our whole lives to the purpose and will of the Father. That we would allow God to cleanse away our agendas and fill us with what He has in store. Lastly, I pray that when God calls us to action, we would move out on His orders without hesitation.
If you need prayer, please reply and I will pray for you. If you would like to talk about this verse or have questions, I’m always open for your feedback.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.