“If my people which are called by my name, shall 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.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
Whenever I read this scripture it reminds me that God has made a promise to pay attention to the prayers of His people. Sometimes, we wonder whether or not God is paying attention to what we are saying to Him, especially when we feel that we have not been as “good” as we think we should have been. Yet, God’s promise to Solomon illustrates the certainty of God’s attentiveness to your prayers when the conditions of true repentance are met.
You see Solomon, the wise king, realized that sometimes the children would fall short in faith, experience, and discipline. He also knew that they would eventually come to their senses and turn toward God. As he dedicated the temple, Solomon asked God to pay attention to them and forgive them when they had a change of mind. God agreed. How awesome is that!
Yet beyond that, God gives us the same promise. We, His children may sometimes miss the mark in faith, experience, and discipline but when we have a change of mind and take action to seek God, He will forgive and heal.
How do you connect Solomon’s temple prayer, God’s response, and your today?
Well, 1 Corinthians 3:16 reminds that you are the temple of the living God and the Spirit of God dwells in you and in 1 Chronicles 7:14, God declared that whenever prayer is made in His temple with a spirit of humility, honest communication, diligent seeking of His will, and real turn towards righteousness, He will pay attention to that prayer and release forgiveness and healing.
On day two of our 30/30 journey, I encourage you to pray in God’s holy temple with the knowledge that God is paying attention to you. Know that there is more for you to experience in Him. Trust God and believe that His plan for you is bigger than anything you could imagine.