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What Would Happen if God’s People Stopped Playing and Started Praying (Part 2)

Praying Through the Bible #30 | 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 29 messages in this series.

This is message #30 titled “What Would Happen if God’s People Stop Playing and Start Praying? (Part 2)”

Last week, we began looking at some familiar verses in 2 Chronicles chapter 7. Most of us have heard these verses time and time again, and we think that we know them well. But, in times of crisis, it is good to look back at lessons from the past, and see how those lessons can help us today. George Santayana said, “Those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.” So, we are looking at these words that God gave to Solomon hundreds of years ago, and applying them to our present situation.

We have already seen from these verses that God expects to hear from His people in prayer. He expects us to pray humbly, and not only to pray, but to turn away from our sins as well. Today, let’s look at the response that God promises if we do all three of these things.

1. God will hear our prayers. Perhaps you have heard people say, ‘It doesn’t feel like my prayers are getting past the roof’ or ‘All my prayers just seem to hit the ceiling.’ Perhaps you have said something like this yourself. The person who says this is expressing his or her view that their prayers are not getting through to God.

God has a promise for believers who take the steps that we discussed last week: pray, seek God’s face, humble themselves, and repent of their sins. God will begin to hear our prayers once again.

2. God will forgive us of our sins. Yes, the next thing that God promises to do for us is, He will forgive us of our sins. First John 1:9 says that if we confess our sins, God will be faithful and just to forgive us of our sins. Forgiveness is a result of going to God in prayer and confessing our sins.

3. God will restore his blessings to us. In verse 14 God says that He will “heal their land”. This means that God will remove the curses, and restore the hand of blessing to the nation of Israel. If we look at verse 13, we will remember that these prayers are made on an occasion when God ‘has shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if locusts are devouring crops, or if God has caused a pestilence, that is an epidemic disease, to spread throughout the population.’ God is saying that if His people pray humbly and confess and repent of their sins, he will remove these curses from the land. He will “heal the land”, and restore his blessings upon it.