Humbleness and Prayer

2 Chronicles 7:14

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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

There are many people who accuse those who are religious of being weak.  They believe that God is nothing more than a crutch for people who can’t deal with their own problems and make their own way in life.

While the intent of that statement is all wrong, there is some truth behind the idea of it.  We can’t make it on our own.  Every time that we ask God for something, we must do so by acknowledging that we can’t do it on our own.

Many people believe that they are strong and can make their own way in life.  Only when they have run out of all other options will they turn to God and acknowledge that He is even there.

To pray to God takes humility.  It means that we know we can’t take care of things on our own.  Or even better, it means that we don’t want to take care of things on our own.  We often think that we know the right way but even when we think we know what’s best, it’s always better to ask God first.

There is more to humility than just acknowledging that God is the answer to our problems.  We must earnestly seek Him.  We must ask for forgiveness and turn from our wickedness.  It’s not enough to turn to God as a last ditch, magical solution to our problem.  We must earnestly look to Him and realize that He is the only solution to our problems.

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