40 Days of Prayer – Part 6
Prov 14:34 “Righteous exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to its people”
Today we’re speaking about: Praying for Healing & Restoration
Background to our lesson on prayer…
2 Chronicles 7:1-3 1 When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the LORD filled the temple. 2 The priests could not enter the temple of the LORD because the glory of the LORD filled it. 3 When all the Israelites saw the fire coming down and the glory of the LORD above the temple, they knelt on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave thanks to the LORD, saying, “He is good; his love endures forever.”
2 Chronicles 7:11-13 11 When Solomon had finished the temple of the LORD and the royal palace, and had succeeded in carrying out all he had in mind to do in the temple of the LORD and in his own palace, 12 the LORD appeared to him at night and said: “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a temple for sacrifices. 13 “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people
Then our key verse on prayer…
2 Chron 7:14 “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 I will forgive their sins and I will heal their land
The principle of sowing & reaping…
1st This is not a promise for everyone.
2nd This is for those ”who are called by my name”
Mk 8:38 Jesus “If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this unfaithful & immoral generation, I will be ashamed of him when I return in glory with all my angels.”
3rd thing to note, There is a premise [condition] with this promise!
“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 I will forgive their sins and I will heal their land.”
4 CONDITIONS FOR HEALING & RESTORATION…
1. ADMIT I’M NOT IN CONTROL! “If my people will humble themselves”
Humility is a personal choice we make
What is humility? How can I develop & show it?
Humility is to Confess your sin to God…
Humility is forgiving quickly…
Humility means not retaliating…
Humility is looking for ways to serve others…
Humility is not putting others down, but praying for them…
James 4:10 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
How does God respond to a humble heart? Four benefits…
1. If I’m humble, God will guide me
Ps 25:9 “God leads the humble in the right way and teaches them his will”
2. If I’m humble, God will bless me
Isa 66:2 “I will bless those who have humble & contrite hearts.”
3. If I’m humble, God will give me the power to change
Jam 4:6 “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble
4. If I’m humble, God will reduce my stress
Matthew 11:28-29 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
2. ASK GOD FOR HELP! PRAYER…
If my people… called by my name… humble themselves and pray…”
John 16:23-24 I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
#1. Remember Jesus wants me to ask in His name!
#2. Prayer can involve others, and helps unload my burdens!
Matthew 18:19 19 “Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven…
Jam 5:13-15 “Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven.”
#3. Prayer helps me to grow and affects the outcome!
Ephesians 6:18 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
3. SEEK GOD, NOT A MIRACLE!
“If my people, called by my name… Humble themselves… pray… seek my face…”
Prov 8:17 “I love those who love me, & those who seek me find me.”
Heb 11:6b “God rewards those who earnestly seek him.” ‘
Ps 37:4 “Delight yourself in Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart”
Ps. 14:2 “The Lord looks down from heaven on the entire human race. He looks to see if there is even one with real understanding, one who seeks for God.”
Deut 4:29-31a “If you seek the Lord your God, you will find him IF you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul. When you are in distress and all these things have happened to you, you will return to the Lord your God and obey him. For He is a merciful God; he will not abandon or destroy you . . .”
Mt 6:33 “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these other things will be given to you as well.”
2 Chronicles 7:14 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…
4. TURN MY ATTENTION FROM THE WORLD TO THE WORD
1st. “WICKED WAYS”
DEF: Wickedness is forgetting God
Isa 17:10 “You have forgotten the God who saves you, and you have not remembered that God is your place of safety.” ncv
2nd “TURN” (Heb) means “return” bring back: “repent”
Not just turn away… But turn TO God… Greek “meta-noia – “to change your mind
Acts 3:19 “Repent and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, so that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.”
Prov 28:13 If you hide your sins, you will not succeed. But if you confess and reject them, you will receive mercy.”
2 Chronicles 7:14 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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
God gives a 3-fold Promise…
1. I WILL HEAR FROM HEAVEN
2. I WILL FORGIVE YOUR SINS
3. I WILL HEAL YOUR LAND