2 Chronicles 7:12-22
gathering together of God’s people - “I ... have chosen this place for
Myself” (2 Chronicles 7:12). Note also 2 Chronicles 7:15-16 - “... this
place... this temple.”
The key verse is 2 Chronicles 7:14. Taking
this verse together with Acts 1:12-14, we may say, ‘This is the kind of
prayer that leads to Pentecost.’
What we have here is humility, prayer, longing for God and repentance.
We must ask, ‘How are we to pray?’
* We are to pray with humility. Remember the parable of the Pharisee and the publican (Luke 18:9-14).
We are to pray with longing for God. Prayer is more than just words.
There is to be intensity and persistence. The parable of the persistent
widow (Luke 18:1-8): She kept on praying until she received an answer.
We are to “cry out to God day and night” (Luke 18:7).
* We are to pray with repentance. Our words are to be backed up by our life.
God hears this kind of prayer, arising from our hearts and lives as
well as our lips, He says, “I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin,
and heal their land.”
Can there be a new Pentecost? Will we commit ourselves to pray, like the first apostles prayed?
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