Have You Prayed Today?

And my people, who bear my name, humble themselves, pray and seek my face, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.

                                                                                                                         2 Chronicles 7:14 (CSB)

 

Prayer is a must in a believer’s walk with God. We all should be constantly seeking God and His face in every aspect of our lives and in every circumstance (1st Thessalonians 5:17). It takes humility to realize that we really are not in control and that apart from Jesus we are hopeless in our endeavors. It takes humility, to stop in the midst of doing life, to pray. Seeking God means we have turned our backs on our old lifestyles as we begin to walk in the new life that Jesus offers. Does this mean we are perfect overnight? Yeah right! No, it just means we have decided to follow Jesus, we are called by His name and called His children and given access to a new life. Therefore, we have been humbled to a point beyond our own power and began to seek something beyond our humanity. We have begun to see our brokenness and the mess our lives had become. And in all this, God will hear us from heaven, forgive our sins, and allow healing to begin. After all, I believe that God’s heart for sending Jesus is to forgive us of our sins, restoring a living and loving relationship with His children (us), and to heal and rescue us from our pain and brokenness (John 3:16; 2nd Corinthians 5:17-19; Exodus 2:23-25). But we must seek God in prayer with a sincere, humble, and broken heart.

I have had the privilege of serving at Cookeville Rescue Mission for four years now, and I can tell you so many stories of answered prayers. I have seen prayers answered all too often not to believe in the power of it. I have seen answered prayers not only in my own life, but in the lives of the residents, the rescue mission in general, and people from the community. The common denominator in every single one of those stories is prayer. If you ever have the chance you should read the story of George Mueller. Mueller lived in 1800s England and noticed a need for an orphanage to help the “street children” in Bristol. The thing about his orphanage is that it was a true faith-based organization. Everything Muller did was from the foundation of prayer. When he was running out of funds or food, Muller would spend hours in his office praying for the needs of his organization only to have that need “randomly” met through a donation of food or someone writing a check. Imagine the possibilities if we intentionally lived out 2nd Chronicles 7:14 and Matthew 6:33.

Father, I pray that you open our eyes to the power of prayer and just the simple fact that we have a God who cares enough to listen to us groan, plead, and ask for our needs and desires. I pray that you do a mighty work in in the lives of those reading this right now. I pray for doors of opportunity to be opened and for the courage to walk through those doors as they are opened. Thank You for Your Love, Grace, Mercy, and the blessings we see and don’t see. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Reflection

  1. Have you prayed today?
  2. Have you experienced answered prayers? Remember, sometimes the answer might be no or wait?
  3. Do you think 2nd Chronicles 7:14 involves any disciplines or habits? If no, why? If yes, what does that look like for you?
  4. Create an action plan for living out 2nd Chronicles 7:14
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