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 I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
(New International Version)
Have you prayed? Have you fasted?
Did you request something from the
Lord? Are you tired of waiting on Him? Are the answers not showing up yet?
Then there’s a problem.
God is EVER faithful. He never changes, not for any man or circumstance. We are our own problems! Sometimes, we pray wrongly.
God Himself did give King Solomon and his people the guidelines for praying to, or requesting from Him.
These tips we
shall look into briefly.
BE HUMBLE: God ‘resists’ the proud, but grants grace to the humble.
Grace takes us to where we are not
qualified to enter. In the Old
Testament, if someone sins, they are not allowed into the tabernacle
(except for cleansing). But we know
that Jesus’ death and resurrection
brought grace which makes us come
into God’s presence without guilt,
having been washed by the Blood.
If you are privileged to attend a
gathering of highly influential people, you tend to be very careful, knowing that you are not worth the invitation. That’s how we should approach God. Every opportunity to meet with Him becomes a rare privilege. So it makes us very careful not to misuse it.
The bible has this story of a tax collector and a pharisee who went to pray. God honoured the prayer of the tax collector because he knew, accepted and expressed how highly privileged he was to come into God’s presence.
Whoever we are, whatever we have, or wherever we come from, should not be a hindrance to our worship. When entering the church hall, drop your ego and pride, your knowledge and etc; drop them outside. For even before
you open your mouth to speak before God, He has seen your heart.
PRAY: If it is truly what you have come to do, get on with it; don’t do anything less. Prayer is talking to God. It ain’t shouting out loud so your neighbour can be intimidated. It ain’t noticing who prays well and who doesn’t. Prayer is sure not sitting relaxed on a chair, sleeping. Prayer is talking to God. As we mean it, and even
more, when talk to our earthly
fathers, we must focus on why we
close our eyes to say those words. We must TRULY PRAY.
SEEK HIS FACE: We must focus on God. Our reason for asking from God should include a longing and desire for His will to be done. We must be very aware that we don’t own ourselves. So we must use that which is His to please
Him. Seeking God’s face means: “let
thy will be done”. It means, “give it to me ONLY IF you know it is right for me”. God has a say in anything we ask for- let us listen to Him.
Another way we can view ourselves as ‘God- seekers’ is when we don’t just come to ask Him, but also to know Him. This particular kind of God-seekers are never discouraged. Because this kind of God-seeking takes care of the first.
Here, you want more of God, not
just what he gives. Here, you TALK ‘WITH’ GOD, not just talk to Him. Here, you learn how to, and what to ask from God. So your God never fails; if you don’t get it, you know why. Here, YOU ALWAYS WIN!
CHANGE:Nothing around you will change if you don’t!
Someone is wondering, “can God’s people be wicked?” Well, your guess matches mine! We have many of God’s people who still practice wickedness! How do we talk to others? What do we desire, and can do ‘anything’ to have? What have we not let go of yet? Why the hatred, malice and unforgiveness? Do you have greed or jealousy? If you have these things, then you don’t need answers!
Resolve to become better each time you visit God’s presence. Maybe we are the reason we are not getting what we always ask for. Maybe we have this grudge that is occupying our heart. It’s time to let go. It’s time to fly light- that’s the only way we can fly high.
Can you say a prayer now?
Ask God to forgive your sins. With
humility, tell Him you are sorry. Tell
Him to make you a better person. Now, ask Him to ‘heal’ your land (business, academics, family, body, life).
#STAY IN TOUCH WITH GOD!#
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