What I Read Today;
1 Corinthians 7; Mark 6; Ezekiel 34-35; Psalm 140-141; 2 Chronicles 7-8; Numbers 24
What does God desire to see when we pray?
2 Chronicles 7 vs. 14-15 show us the model of what our prayer life should look like.
The first quality God seeks is humility. God wants each of us to understand that we are not God. Also, we are no better than anyone else. We are all sinners in need of Christ. That’s a problem for some people. People think that their works will save them. But a Christian knows that salvation is a gift from God. We can’t earn or work for God’s salvation. We must fall humbly before our God.
The second quality is active prayer. Our prayer must be heartfelt. It shouldn’t be forced or robotic. God wants to have a conversation with us. That means listening as well as talking.
The third quality that we need to seek God’s face. Is it your heart’s desire to know God? Do you yearn to know God? Do you long to see Jesus sitting at the right hand of God’s throne.
Finally, God is seeking that we acknowledge our sinfulness. God knows who we are. He’s seen every sin, bad attitude, and failure. Part of being humble is recognizing our sin and working to rid our life of that sin. It’s a lifelong process.
What does God promise to give us in return for our prayer?
The first promise of God is that he will hear us. The creator of the universe promises to listen to our prayers. He promises to listen to us. How incredible is it that God actually takes time out to hear us?
The second promise God makes is that he forgives us of our sins and heals our hearts and souls. He knows who we are, yet he promises to love us and bring us to him in eternity.
The last promise he makes is that not only does he want us to do this, he eagerly waits for us. He’s holding his arms out to us. He’s giving us his word that if we seek him, he will reveal himself to us.
What an incredible God we serve!