As 714PRAYER warriors, we are claiming 2 Chronicles 7:14 for spiritual awakening in our country, our churches, our families and our own lives.
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.
2 Chronicles 7:14 (ESV)
As the Children of God, we are invited to humble ourselves, seek the face of God and pray. However, there is a next step that separates those who really desire spiritual renewal and those who simply talk about it. God commands us to turn from our wicked ways.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t like the idea of having wicked ways. Sure, I have sins, I’m not perfect, but wicked ways? That sounds so strong, so unchristian. I like to think that I have some weaknesses, some mistakes, sure some sin, but not serious ones, not wicked ways.
Each week we are praying the principles of 2 Chronicles 7:14 together.
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. – 2 Chronicles 7:14
God calls us to humble ourselves, pray and seek His face. Seeking God’s face is the beginning point for spiritual renewal and awakening.
Seeking His Face is Seeking His Presence
When we seek God’s face, we are seeking His presence and blessing. Spiritual awakening comes as Christians begin walking in the presence of God moment by moment.
My youngest daughter is a people person. When she shares a story, she wants your attention. When she was younger, if I wasn’t paying close enough attention, she would take her hand and move my face toward her. She knew that when I was looking at her, she had my attention.
Seeking His Face Reveals My Need
The more we experience God’s face (His presence) the more we realize our need.
When the prophet Elijah saw into the throne room of God, and saw the king of Glory high and lifted up, his first response was that he was a man of unclean lips (Isaiah 6:5)
The more we see God for who He is, the more we see ourselves for who we are. Our pride is made evident when we see His face.
Seeking His Face Reveals Who I am in Him
In that same scene from Isaiah 6 and angel comes and touches the prophets lips and proclaims his sin has been forgiven. As we walk in the presence of God, we see who we are in Christ. We are children of the most high God. Our sin has been removed and we can come boldly into His presence.
God Hides His Face from the Unrighteous
God only reveals Himself to those who seek after him. God hides His presence to those who are opposed to Him.
But I will surely hide My face in that day because of all the evil which they will do, for they will turn to other gods. – Deuteronomy 31:8
Seeking His Face Must Be Our Priority
God makes a promise to us. When we seek after His face, we have the promise that we will find Him.
You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. – Jeremiah 29:13
If we are to experience the presence of God in our life, we must seek His face with all that we are. Above all else, we must make walking in His presence the priority in our life. God never hides His face from those who seek after Him.
The Psalmist made seeking the face of God his priority. He heard God’s call to seek after him, and his immediate response was to seek Him
When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You, “Your face, O LORD, I shall seek.”– Psalm 27:8 (NASB)
Let’s Agree in Prayer
Father today I commit myself to seeking Your face with everything I am. I want to walk in Your presence every moment of my life. My desire it to make seeking Your face the most important thing in my life.
Father, I pray for the leaders in my church. I pray that their priority will be to seek Your face. I pray that in everything they do today will be out of an overflowing desire to walk in Your presence.
Our country is in desperate need of Your presence and blessing. I know that because of our country’s sin, You are hiding Your face from us. Bring about repentance and awakening in our country. Turn us back to You.
Thank You for the promise that when we seek You, we will find You.