Day Four: humble, pray, seek and turn

2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV –  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 sin and will heal their land.

“Each of these words is theologically charged. The word ‘humble’ means to subdue one’s pride and submit in self-denying loyalty to God and his will (cf. Lev. 26:41). ‘Pray’ in this context is a shameless acknowledgement of personal sin and a plea for God’s mercy, much like that of David’s prayer of repentance (cf. Ps. 51:1-2). ‘Seek’ is often used in desperate situations in which God is the only possible hope for deliverance (cf. Deut. 4:19-20). ‘Turn’ is the Old Testament term for repentance and signifies a complete change of direction away from sin and toward God (or an ‘about face’ in military parlance, cf. Ezek. 18:30, 32).” [Andrew E. Hill, 1 & 2 Chronicles (NIVAC), p. 400]

“These expressions are best understood as four facets of one attitude that sinners should seek God himself in humble repentance, rather than as four separate steps on a long road to forgiveness. Interestingly, from this point on in Chronicles, these expressions are often linked with repentance.” [Martin J. Selman, 2 Chronicles (TOTC), pp.338-339]

Prayer: “Father, I want to pray the prayers that you would have me to pray. By your Spirit, help me to be humble, to pray, to seek your face and to turn from my wicked ways. May I walk in humble repentance before you each day. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Let’s worship to “Fire Fall” by Planetshakers (click here).

– EK