“…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.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
In this passage we find Solomon in the midst of an Old Testament revival. Solomon had just finished praying, and the spirit of the Lord poured out on the land, and filled the Temple to the point that there was no physical room for the priests to enter the facility. People were giving praises, spontaneous sacrifices were being made, song and dance broke out, and people were taken further in their relationship with God than ever before. All because one man wanted to do things the right way….
After building the Temple, Solomon thought it would be only fitting to invite the Lord once again into the Holiest place. Perhaps he thought that it would have been a waste of brick , mortar,and time if God would not have been a part of the process. We see here that fervent prayer was the instigator for this amazing celebration. God had promised Solomon that, if he were to pray, then his people would benefit.
So, do we pray only to receive blessings? Is God a spiritual vending machine, ready to grant our every wish. No….but He desires to communicate with us on an intimate level. He wants to guide us to restoration, and heal our land. He must, however, be invited…