Summary: Thursday night of sermon series focusing on 2 Chronicles 7:14.
When God Hears Our Cry
Text: 2 Chronicles 7:14
If my people, which are called by my name, shall 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.
On Monday night, we learned what it means to be called by God’s name, as we covered the first part of this scripture, “If My people which are called by my name.” On Tuesday night, we proceeded forward in this scripture and covered the portion, which reads, “shall humble themselves, and pray.” And we talked about “Getting Right for Prayer.” On last night, we had a good time laboring from the subject “Turning Your Life Around.” This covered the section of the scripture that tells us to seek His face and turn from our wicked ways. And when we left we knew that it was time out for playing church and time for living church.
On this fourth watch night, we’re calling on the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us into this fourth part of our text. We’ve finished the IF parts of this passage, but now we’re getting into the THEN, part. We know what we have to do, but now we’re going to discover what GOD will do. This fourth part reads “then will I hear from Heaven.” So from this section, we would like to labor from the subject
Subj: WHEN GOD HEARS OUR CRY
All week long, we’ve been talking about our responsibility to God as it is brought about in 2 Chronicles 7:14. We know that we need to humble ourselves before we go before the Lord God Almighty with any and every thing. We ought to show some humility, realizing that God made us everything that we are. The Bible records in the Gospel according to John that all things were made by Him and without Him, was not any thing made that was made. And that even means that there would be no us if he hadn’t made us. There would be no blood running warm in our veins if he didn’t put it there. But some of us, have a tendency to get up on our high horses every now and then, talking about we have this and we have that. We have essentially gotten to high for God to hear our cry. And He won’t hear us because we’re not humbling ourselves before the Master.
We’ve discovered and come to the conclusion that we need to pray. A prayer life is an important element in our relationship with God. When we pray we can talk to God. We can fellowship with God. We can turn our problems over to God. And we can ask God for help in our times of need. And we can praise God for all that He’s doing in our lives. And you know what, if we stay down on our knees long enough, God can talk back to us.
Some of us approach prayer just like it’s a race. We pray as fast as we can pray and then we’re off to do other things as we give most of our time and effort to those things that do not pertain to God. We don’t spend and quality time with God. There was a time when all people could do was sit around reading from the bible, praying, singing, and praising God. The would do it in the homes as well as in the church. But nowadays, even when we’re home, our head is stuck so far into the television or our ear pushed up against the telephone that we don’t have time to read any more.
We don’t spend the same kind of quality time that we used to spend with our kids, teaching them that the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life. A lot of our older church members grew up knowing how to pray, because they had prayer in the home. Things have come a long way, but I’m here to tell you tonight that if you don’t have a quality prayer life, God will not hear your cry. He will not come through when you want Him to.
I know we always say that He may not come when you want Him, but He’ll be there right on time. But I’m here to tell you that if you get right with God and get your prayer life on the right track, God will not only come on time, but He’ll come when you want Him to come. And wouldn’t it be nice for once, if God would just come at the sound of your voice and you didn’t have to sit back and wait on him? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just speak and your healing just showed up. Wouldn’t it be a powerful thing if you could just call out his name and money just showed up at your doorstep?