Speaker: Pastor Roberne Saint-Louis, Hebron French SDA Church
Scripture Reading: 2 Chronicles 7:14
“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.”
Prayer has always been a key component in having a relationship with God. Prayer is the primary way to communicate with the Creator of heaven and earth. It is the one time when you have a chance to be alone with Him and truly talk.
Solomon, the son of Bathsheba and David, was commissioned to build a temple in Jerusalem [2 Chronicles 6]. This temple would be the dwelling place of the Most High God. As the people of Jerusalem gathered around, Solomon prepard to dedicate the temple. He said a special prayer and a sacrifice was offered before the Lord.
2 Chronicles 7:5 which says, “And king Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty and two thousand oxen, and an hundred and twenty thousand sheep: so the king and all the people dedicated the house of God.”
God heard Solomon’s prayer and he accepted it. [2 Chronicles 7:1-3]
1Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the LORD filled the house. 2And the priests could not enter into the house of the LORD, because the glory of the LORD had filled the LORD’s house. 3And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the LORD upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.”
God always hears when you pray and He finds it pleasing to respond. We have to trust in Him to respond in His time, not ours. Learn to be patient.
You don’t only hear God’s voice during the service. You may also hear Him as you kneel in prayer. Be still and be silent.
When you carry God’s name, there is a great reputation that comes with it. Not everyone can be called God’s people. Are you? There are only two people who can really answer that question, yourself and God. No one else knows your heart.
Humble yourselves and pray, searching for His face. Confess your transgressions and put everything that separates you from Christ aside. Many of us only pray when we are facing problems. We ought to pray without ceasing.
Prayer is the respiration of Christians, like a heartbeat linking communications with Christ. Christians pray any and everytime with or without difficult trials.
Remember to continually pray even when your prayers have been answered. Don’t thank God only for what He’s done for you, thank Him for the things He has done for your family and those around you.