If My People
2 Chronicles 7:14-16
An old preacher once outlined a sure way to bring revival. His prescription was as follows: Stand on a patch of dirt or sandy soil and with a stick, draw a circle all the way around your feet. Confess the sins of everyone standing inside the circle. When you are finished, revival will have come. Granted, it would be a small revival, but it would be a Biblical revival nonetheless. The preacher’s methodology, while humorous, is on the mark. Revival comes when the people of God set aside sin and call upon God in repentance for restoration.
Is it possible to decide to have revival, or can we only decide to pray for God to send revival? Based on God’s words to King Solomon at the dedication of the temple in Jerusalem, it would seem that God stands ready to hear the prayers of repentance of his people at any time they choose to offer them. This famous passage of Scripture, in which God gives Israel the conditions for spiritual healing in the nation, stands as a testimony to his willingness to respond to the cries of his people. Verse 14 is set in classic covenant form: “If. . . then. . . ”
When God’s people have a need, especially when they have sinned, a condition must be met. We must call out to God in repentance. “Then,” God is ever-willing to hear, forgive, and heal. The Lord continues in verse 15 to assure Solomon that his eyes are open and his ears attentive to prayers offered in the temple, his dwelling place. God dwelt in the midst of his people in the temple in order to be ever-present to them. And where does he dwell today? Still in the midst of his people, the church, through the life of the believer (see Acts 7:48; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; 2 Corinthians 6:16; Ephesians 2:21).
Whether you need reassurance, refreshment, or revival from the Lord, he is in his temple waiting to hear your prayer. But first, find a patch of dirt or sandy soil. . . .
God’s Promise to You: “Whatever your need, my ears and eyes are yours. Call on me.”
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