“Then 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 sins and restore their land” 2 Chronicles 7:14
A few months ago when I was slowly reading through the Old Testament, I came to this verse in the book of 2 Chronicles. In context, God is speaking to ancient Israel, reminding them that if they obeyed, God would bless them. This was something that Israel constantly had to revisit, as a nation– would they choose to obey the decrees of the Lord or would they choose things of the world?
I think this verse is entirely relevant to the Church today. When I read it a few months ago I wept because I was reminded of what God truly wants from us. He wants us, all of us– the messy parts of us, the parts of our pasts that we haven’t given to Him yet. He wants us to turn from our sin and choose Him. He wants us to adopt a humble posture and approach Him with all that we have, even when it doesn’t seem like much. He just wants us.
I think that we can easily get caught up in going through the motions and praying just to say we did it. But what if we prayed like we meant it. What if before presenting out requests to Lord, we laid down our sin, we laid down our inequities, we laid down our past hurts in forgiveness. I think breakthrough happens when we approach God in humility, in brokenness, and we say “God, here I am, all of me, my past hurts, my pain, my sin; forgive me and help me forgive others.” Then pray big and pray boldly.
God already knows everything that is in your heart. He knows about the requests that you will make. Something powerful happens though, when we boldly ask, when we boldly declare. I believe that God loves to bless His children, that He was, still, and forever will be in the business of performing miracles and bringing about breakthrough.
Fellow believer, today I encourage you to humble yourself before the Lord. Ask God to search your heart and find any sin that hasn’t been repented of and any unforgiveness that still lingers, then lay it at His feet in prayer. Then, you can approach God with your desires and your struggles.
I pray that as you fast, that as we fast as a church, that we would see God move in wonderful ways.
by Beatrice Anyanwu
Beatrice was born in Nigeria, but has called Pennsauken, NJ home for the majority of her life. She is the oldest of 4 and is currently a college student studying Biology (of all things!). She started attending Kingsway in 2009 with her family and started serving when she was a student in REVO. Beatrice loves books, so when you see her, ask her what she’s currently reading! Although she loves science and the arts, Beatrice has a passion for younger generations coming to know and engage in authentic relationship with Jesus.