Send Me: Prayer & Fasting – Day 7 – 1-15-2017
Day 7 – Sunday 1/15 – Sermon
2 Chronicles 7:12-16
12 Then the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said to him: “I have heard your prayer, and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice. 13 When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, 14 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 will forgive their sin and heal their land. 15 Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place. 16 For now I have chosen and sanctified this house, that My name may be there forever; and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually.
When Solomon’s temple was completed it was then time for a grand opening of the new facility. But this was no normal church building. This was to be “THE” place for the Most High God to dwell and to meet there with His people. For you to get the full effect of what these few verses are about you need to go back and read the entire account of the building of this house of worship. Today, however, we will just focus on this one short passage.
In this passage, God speaks to Solomon and lets him know two things. The first, that He had chosen the new building for a house of sacrifice unto Himself. That will be the reason and purpose for this facility. Without the blood sacrifices, no one would have their sins covered and therefore, no one would be able to enter His presence. There is much space for a sermon here but we press on towards our daily topic.
The second thing God let Solomon know was that there will be times when He will be sending locusts and pestilence to their land. There physical problems are going to have a spiritual cause. This will be because the people will later turn their back on God and forsake His Law. But it is precisely at this point that God injects the answer to their upcoming spiritual troubles.
Just briefly here is the matrix for the solution: (1) Be one of His; (2) Humble yourself before Him; (3) Pray to Him; (4) Earnestly seek His presence; (5) Set aside wickedness.
The response brings us to the theme for this week – Hearing! One His people would go through His prescribed cleansing and seeking process, THEN they would hear the response from Him.
Since we have just finished a week of cleansing, this week your assignment is to set yourself into a position to hear from heaven. You will be given several areas and some instruction on how to hear and to position yourself to hear. Enjoy and get ready for great things!