14If 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  (KJV)                                                                                                                                  

Upon the completion of the temple, the ark of the covenant of the Lord was placed in the inner sanctuary and King Solomon dedicated the temple. King Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord, got down on his knees before all of Israel, and prayed to God. He prayed with the desire that the temple would be a place of sacrifice and prayer, a place where the people of God could find the presence of God, and a place where the people of God would hear from God. God heard Solomon and responded to him. He told Solomon what was required of the people for Him to get involved in their affairs. The Lord said if the people would become humbled and pray, get into His presence and repentant, then He would attend to them, forgive them, and restore them.

Not only does this apply to the children of Israel, it also applies to the followers of Jesus Christ. Philippians 2:10 tells us “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord…” Jesus Christ is Lord and according to 1 Corinthians 6:19 our physical body is the temple of the Spirit of God,  “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God…” If you have been saved by grace through faith and have received the gift of the Holy Spirit, you are able to get God involved in your situation, but you must meet the condition.

God has requirements. He states condition. God requires us to be humble, to be in subjection, to place ourselves under His authority and control. Humility is the position of prayer. When we are humble, we realize that God is in control and our strength lies in Him; therefore, we can earnestly pray to the Lord. God wants us to get into his presence and adjust our attitude towards sin and righteousness. God desires that we live according to His will and purpose.

Then, at that time, God will hear us, He will respond and attend to us. We serve a loving and caring God. He will forgive us. He will spare you and see that no harm comes to you; He will set you free and release you from guilt. He will pardon you and excuse you without penalty. Jesus heals. When we meet the condition, we will be made sound, restored and brought to a place where we can be prosperous. God is there and He is available. Draw near to Him and He will draw near to you.

 Prayer: Lord God, we come before you with a bowed head and a humble heart, seeking your face. We realize that we have no power outside of you. We thank you for your goodness, your grace, and your mercy. We thank you for loving us and we humbly repent. Lord you are our source and our strength. Hear our cry. We need you. Bless us Lord and heal us spiritually and physically. We know you are able. Our trust is in you and we believe you. In the precious name of Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

 

Rev. Anthony L. Forman, 

Infinite Grace Fellowship

Baltimore, MD     

 

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