Humble Yourselves and Pray
Sermon Notes for Oct 18th
'Humble Yourselves and Pray'
2 Chronicles 7:11-14
Pastor Erich Hurst
• The most important thing we can do is pray.
• This passage of Scripture was given to Solomon and Israel and not to the church but there are many lessons for us to learn here.
• We are commanded in the New Testament to pray for our leaders and country. 1 Timothy 2:1-3: I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good and pleases God our Savior...
• There are three things we find in these verses that show God desires for the church and for us today:
Point 1: Be humble. We are to consider the needs of others over our own. The story of the good Samaritan is an example as he put the needs of the wounded man before his own.
Point 2: Pray and seek His face. Our focus is to be upon God, to put Him first in our life.
Point 3: Repent. Repentance is more than just regret. It is a change of heart and direction. We seek God’s will and walk in obedience to His commands.
God’s character is also revealed in these verses:
1. God Keeps His promises. He is faithful.
2. God hears our prayers. We have the privilege of coming boldly to His throne of grace and present our petitions because of what Christ accomplished at Calvary.
3. God is merciful, forgiving, and patient. He has the right to destroy us for our sin for the wages of sin is death but instead, He extends to us the gift of eternal life through His Son.
Our response to these characteristics of God is why we worship and praise Him.