Take a moment to open this time in prayer. Ask God to bless you as you read and reflect on the text. Read 2 Chronicles 7: 11 - 14 These verses have long captured my attention; particularly verse 14. I believe there is a whole sermon series that could be preached on just verse 14. But as I was preparing this devotion verse 13 stood out to me. At the end of verse 13 the Bible talks about God sending a plague among the people. Well, I believe that COVID-19 could be classified as a plague. I am not saying God brought on the COVID-19 but I do hope that the outcome would be that all people would humble themselves before God and one another. In addition, I believe that we are called to pray and seek the face of God, which means to strive to know more and more about God, during this time. Maybe the extra time we have at home could be used for more prayer, Bible reading and personal reflection time?
Please use the following questions for more reflection.
a. In verse 12 the Lord appears to Solomon and tells him that he has heard Solomon’s prayer. Do you believe that God hears your prayers? Why or why not? If God always hears our prayers why does he not always grant them? When you were a child would your parent(s) always grant your requests?
b. Have you been using the extra down time at home to spend more time with God?
c. What would it look like for you to seek the face of God more? Is there anything that prevents you from doing this? What does God promise us in this text?
Closing - Use the prayer below to end the devotion or close in prayer in your own words. Gracious Heavenly Father, I am so thankful that I get to be called by your name. I pray that you would show me when and how I should humble myself. Help me, in prayer, to seek your face more and more each day. Lord, I also pray that you would bring healing to our land, the world and my life. Amen.