Read 2 Chronicles 7
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Scripture- 2 Chronicles 7:14-15- Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. My eyes will be open and my ears attentive to every prayer made in this place.
Observations- This is a famous verse that is often used to remind us to pray for the leaders of our nation and for revival in our city, country, and world. Here it served as a reminder of the promises of God to be faithful to His people, but these were conditional promises; that is, God was also clear that there would be consequences for His people choosing to go their own way and violate His loving commandments and guidelines designed to help life go better for them.
Application- We need to remember the promises of God found throughout His Word. We also need to remember that most of God's commitments and promises to bless us are contingent upon us holding up our end of the covenant. Yes, God unconditionally loves us, but He doesn't unconditionally affirm and celebrate whatever we choose to do. Being on our knees in repentance is a lifestyle to live into, not a one time action when we come to Christ for salvation. What new direction is God calling you to take?
Prayer- Lord, we are people called by Your name. We desire to follow Jesus as the leader of His church. Give us humility to get on our knees in prayer, seek Your face, and turn from all of our ways that miss the mark of Your full intention for our lives. Thank You for hearing us and forgiving us. We need You! Hear our prayers for more of Your truth and grace to abide in our lives, this church, our nation, and Your world. Amen.
"If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness." (1 John 1:8-9),
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