Solomon prayed before God in 2nd Chronicles 6, and one chapter later, God appeared before him and answered his prayer.
This is God’s answer, which is found in 2 Chronicles 7:14 and 15:
If my people who are called by my name 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. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place.
From these verses, we learn the following:
Those who will come before Him in prayer should be God’s people. They are people whom God redeemed—those who belong to Him. That’s why they are a holy people of God. They acknowledge Him, serve Him, and submit to Him alone. Only the people of God who know Him will truly submit to Him in a way that God will answer their petitions.
God wants them to humble themselves always before God. According to Wayne Mack, humility is “when we recognize our own insignificance and unworthiness before God and attribute to Him the supreme honor, praise, prerogatives, rights, privileges, worship, devotion, authority, submission, and obedience that He alone deserves.”
Coming Before a Holy God.
If we have come to know God with humility in our hearts, we will then be right in our prayers. Prayer in essence is dependence before God. Not only do we come before Him in prayer, we also come to Him seeking His face. What does that mean? That we seek His will, His desire for us, and that we humbly submit to His Lordship.
Don’t expect God to answer your prayers if you are not at all repentant of your sins. God wanted His people to truly acknowledge His holiness, that they would turn from their sins and return to God.
This is God’s answer to Solomon’s prayer. This should then be the heart of the people of God if they want God to hear, forgive, and heal them of their sins.
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