Yesterday, I bought myself a new Bible. It’s the English Standard Version. I have a really nice one as well, but it is in one of the storage units. This one features A Forty-Day Bible Reading Plan. The large print version of this Bible is less than seven hundred pages. It says, it’s a large print Bible, but I beg to differ.
I am looking forward to the day we take possession of the farm. My little family has been without my cooking for over a year now! One of my favorite things to do is to serve folks, family and friends good food. From large trays and platters I love to sit them down and serve great southern portions, like it’s a feast after a fast. Of course in my family, we always gather in a large hand-held circle for prayer before we feast.
Yesterday, we talked a little about the words of action in the Bible verse of 2 Chronicles 7:14.
Yesterday, we talked about what Godly Humility looks like.
And we completely skipped over the first part of the verse and the context of who this verse is speaking to. It seems simple but, this verse is directed to people called by the name of the Lord.
You see, earlier in the chapter the Lord appeared to Solomon in the night and said to him. “I Have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a house of sacrifice.
You see Solomon was already in constant conversation with the Lord!
He did not just pick up his Bible and one day and start to pray!!!!
The text says … I have heard your prayer!
The Lord is speaking of a prior prayer!
Then, The Lord continues speaking to Solomon about his own personal character.
“I Have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a house of sacrifice.”
When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people.
Did you see that … did you read THAT!
The Lord, identified who He may send pestilence among! My People.
Then, the Lord continues his conversation with Solomon by saying …
If I do all these things to my people who are called by my name …
2 Chronicles 7:14 is an ongoing conversation between The Lord and Solomon.
It is not a one time prayer piece.
So, now that we know what Godly Humility looks like, we can talk about prayer in what seems like terrible times in the last days.
We don’t know, nor do we have any idea of the when, where and why of our last days, but this lack of knowledge of our earthly demise does not keep us from praying like every day is our last day.
God is pleased when we pray his words back to him in agreement.
Revelation 1:4-7 – A prayer to anticipate the second coming of Christ.
Revelation 2:7-8, 11-12, 17-18, 26-29; 3:5-7, 12, 21-22 – A prayer for overcomers.
Revelation 5:8-14 – A prayer to the Lamb.
Revelation 6:9-11 – A prayer for the persecuted.
Revelation 7:9-17 – A praise of the end-time harvest.
Revelation 11:15-18 – A prayer in expectation of the future reign of Christ.
Revelation 19:1-8 – The wedding song.
Revelation 22:12-17, 20 – A prayer asking Jesus to come.
Now that we have a better understanding of Godly Humility looks like (John), and what it means to be in constant conversation with the Lord (Solomon), we can move on to our next word.
And remember, Christ in you is the hope of glory!