This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Caleb Beller.
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[2Ch 7:14 NKJV] “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 will forgive their sin and heal their land…”
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In chapter six King Solomon is dedicating the new temple to the LORD, at least 12 times He prophetically asks that this temple would be a place where the Lord would hear and respond to prayer.
Whether it was the King or the people (21) Whether those seeking justice (24) or those who have sinned (26) Whether a foreigner (32) or those exiled to a foreign land (36) Solomon asks that God would “hear” and “forgive” (30) His people.
In chapter 7 God now responds to Solomon. He says, “I have heard your prayer,” and God gives instructions for how we are to call out to Him.
First, we begin with humility. The recognition of our need for God. I can’t fix it myself; I need His help, His grace. Second, we must ask for His help. We do this through prayer. However, prayer is not just a passive step where we wait for God to respond. We are told to “seek” and “turn.” Notice the order. We first seek after God which will result in turning from our wicked ways. Like a choice in a relationship, choosing one means losing the other. This choice becomes even easier when we realize that He has already demonstrated His love for us (Rom 5:8)!
God says when we do these things He responds with His forgiveness and healing. While there is not a temple standing today, Jesus told us that, “If I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men to myself.” (Jn 12:32) Anyone from anywhere can cry out to Jesus. May we lead in this example this week!