We must daily remember our total dependence on God
2 Chronicles 7:14
“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 I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
These words are a response of God to the faithful work of the people of God in building the Temple of worship in Jerusalem. Solomon had followed the plans that God had given and built the Temple to be a place of worship for all the nations. He then offered up animal sacrifices, and brought in the musicians to worship God and to give Him thanks.
God responds with the words of this verse (2 Chronicles 7:14). God reminds Solomon and the nation of Israel of the importance of always remaining in prayer. They must daily seek the face of God so that their hearts will not go astray.
But before God mentions prayer, He reminds them of what must be the attitude of their hearts.
How must they approach God? How must the children of Israel live their lives if they are to receive the continual blessing of God? How can they know that God will hear from heaven and answer their prayers?
God tells them that they must approach Him in humility and repentance. If their prayers are to be effective and their worship acceptable, then they must daily humble themselves in repentance. They must remember their total dependence on God.
Today, as God’s children, and as followers of Christ, we must live out our lives before our Savior and God in humble repentance. This is the prerequisite for the assurance of God answering our prayers. This is our approach to God. This is how we live prayerful lives.
We must remember our brokenness and need for God. We humble ourselves and seek grace and forgiveness for our many failures. We then find a faithful God. He offers us an abundance of grace, and forgiveness as we humbly come before the throne of God.
God meets us and heals our souls. He responds to a humble, dependent life. He heals the land—our families, our marriages, and our communities. He forgives us of our sin, and we experience peace, and a new beginning in Him. His grace overshadows us and restores us. We find life’s meaning.
May God’s word, through His Holy Spirit, remind us daily of our need for His unlimited help and grace. May we then respond to God in humble repentance.
Pray: Heavenly Father thank you for your Word that tells me how to properly come before you in prayer. Give me a humble heart of repentance. I need you every hour of every day. Forgive me of my sin. Heal, and restore my soul. Bring restoration to families, marriages and to our communities. In Christ’s name I pray. Amen