Today's Devotional Thought
October 11, 2010 by Wendy Foreman
Humble Yourself & Pray
King Solomon desired his people to have the assurance that God would extend forgiveness to them. At this point in the scriptures (2 Chronicles 7:14), the temple has been built and Solomon has dedicated it to the Lord through various sacrifices. He is praying in 2 Chronicles 6 for the people that he rules over. He loves them and wants to make sure that the Lord will hear the prayers that they pray in this new temple. He goes on to list different situations that these people might face. Later in chapter 6 we see Solomon pleading with the Lord and telling him that no one is without sin and begs God to not turn these people over to their enemies but to offer them forgiveness. Solomon desires to know that if his people come to the Lord and confess that they will be forgiven.
When we reach the 14th verse of the 7th chapter we see the Lord telling Solomon that He has heard his prayers and that He will forgive his people’s sins. He does tell Solomon though that there are 4 conditions. And, I believe that these same conditions apply to us today. (1) Humble yourself by admitting your sins. (2) Pray to God, asking for forgiveness. (3) Seek God continually, and (4) turn from sinful behavior. When we repent to the Lord for the sins we know we have committed it needs to be more then just talk. We have to show that we have changed our behavior.
How can we change our behavior? I believe the biggest way to do that is by being in the word daily. When we are filling our minds with the things of scripture and the words of the Lord then we are more apt to be Christ like and less likely to be sinning. Philippians 4:8-9 says “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable if anything is excellent or praiseworthy think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me put into practice, And the God of peace will be with you.” The scriptures tell us that these are the things that we must fill our minds with and when we do, we will find the peace of God.
Now I know we will still sin while we are in this world and there is a constant battle between good and evil and our flesh desires many things that our spirit knows is wrong. Once again though, being in the Word will give us the strength to fight against the temptations we will face. Prayer also will help us change our behavior. If we are in constant communication with our Lord and praying and seeking his direction and guidance this will keep our minds on task and we will find ourselves doing things and going places that honor Him.
Many of us struggle with being in this world. It can at times be a constant battle of flesh and spirit. It is encouraging as Christ’s child that when we humble ourselves pray and seek his face then turn from our wicked ways, He forgives us. One day this world will be behind us and we will be living in paradise. Until then we are here to glorify and honor our Lord.