The Difference in Praying and Seeking His Face

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 I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. – 2 Chronicles 7:14

 

Our great country needs to heal. America is hemorrhaging. The only way for the bleeding to stop and the healing to begin is for all the people who claim to be Christians to really humble themselves, recognize the sin that lives in them, and ask God to rid their hearts of sin at the foot of the cross of Christ. Notice I did not say all people have to do this, just the 75% or so of Americans who are still claiming His name by calling themselves Christians.

 

It all starts by humbling yourself and realizing that you are part of the problem. I preached last night. I had a new level of anointing that I’m not sure I’ve ever experienced before. You know what I thought as I drove home? That I did really well. As soon as I got up this morning at 4:30, conviction was all over me. I did nothing but operate in His power and anointing. He gave me all that I needed to do it, and there I was basking in a bit of the glory. This morning, I’m humbling myself . . . I’m letting Him know that I hate the pride that lives within me. I’m praying that He destroys it. I’m praying that I might be as pure as possible.

 

But, this next one is messing with me: Seek His face. On the surface, I would think that it would be no different than praying. Surely if I’m praying, I’m seeking His face.

 

Not necessarily.

 

As I pray this morning, I’m asking for Him to do something for me. I’m petitioning Him. Once I have asked, I should believe in faith that I will receive it. “Whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” (John 14:13) If what I’m asking for will bring more glory to His Name, then I should certainly believe that He would grant my request. However, I should not stop there, for after prayer comes seeking His face.

 

This is such a powerful part of the process. If I’m praying, I want what He can do for me, my family, loved ones, etc. But, if I’m seeking His face, then I just want Him for Him. I just want to hang out with Him. At this point, I should just read His Word for enjoyment. I should just go and take a walk in the cool of the day and just be with Him. Not to say anything . . . just to hang out . . . seek His face.

 

I’m sure if you’re reading this, you have actually prayed recently. But, when is the last time you hung out with Him just because you love Him? When is the last time you sought His face?

 

I want to do more of this.

 

Later

 

Adam

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About wednesdaymorningdevotional

I am currently the pastor of Lifeline Community Church in Fair Play, South Carolina. I also teach mathematics to middle schoolers. I have been publishing devotionals every Wednesday morning for about 7 years now. If you would like to listen to any of my actual sermons, visit www.lifelinecc.com.
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