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What Would Happen if God’s People Stopped Playing and Started Praying (Part 1)

Praying Through the Bible #29 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: 2 Chronicles 7:12-15

We are in a series of messages titled “Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible”. The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the new Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have done 28 messages in this series.

This is message #29 titled “What Would Happen if God’s People Would Stop Playing and Start Praying? (Part 1)”

King Solomon, the son of King David, was the third king of Israel. He was the one who built the magnificent temple in Jerusalem which was dedicated to the worship and service of God. Our passage today tells us of God’s second appearance to Solomon which came after the dedication of this Temple. The first time God appeared to Solomon, God told Solomon to ask of him anything and he would give it to him. As you know, Solomon asked for wisdom. Because Solomon asked for wisdom, God said that he would also gave him riches, long life, and a peaceful reign.

Now, after Solomon has finished building the Temple, God appears to him again. This appearance came at a particularly dangerous time in Solomon’s life — it came after a season of great blessing and accomplishment — a dangerous time because after seasons of blessing and accomplishment, we have a tendency to stop doing what we were doing that brought the blessings and accomplishments. G. Campbell Morgan said, “No height attained, no work done, no blessing received, is in itself sufficient to ensure our continuance in the favor of God. Nothing but continued faithfulness can do that.”

Sometimes, we fail to continue being faithful in doing the things that brought the blessing, not only in our personal lives, but also as a church family, as a community, and as a nation. I read an article that gave a report on some research that showed how that the more prosperous a nation was economically, the less religious that nation became. In fact, some of the most religious nations on this earth are also some of the poorest nations. The implication seems to be that when a nation or a people gain success and prosperity, they tend to push God and faith to the sidelines. That is what happened in Solomon’s life. That is what eventually happened to the nation of Israel. And that is what is happening to America today.

In response to this action, God often sends punishment on that person or on that nation. God says to Solomon, “If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people…” These bad things will begin to happen if a nation turns away from God. But God’s punishment does not indicate that he is forsaking and abandoning us. On the contrary, God’s punishment reflects his desire for us to learn the lessons that he is trying to teach us so that we can begin receiving his blessings once again. And if we are serious about learning those lessons, God also tells us what we should do in response. He says, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways…” This is the role that we have to play in order to turn things around in our lives and in our nation. Let’s dig into this passage and see what would happen if God’s people would stop playing and start praying.