Family Bible Study lesson for March 30: Praying with Humility
March 13 2003 by Crate Jones , 2 Chronicles 7:11-22

Family Bible Study lesson for March 30: Praying with Humility | Friday, March 14, 2003

Friday, March 14, 2003

Family Bible Study lesson for March 30: Praying with Humility

By Crate Jones 2 Chronicles 7:11-22

We now consider the fifth element in the prayer of Jabez: "And God granted his request."

When we have asked for something within God's will and He says yes, it's shouting ground!

God's answers to our prayers do not always come immediately. The building of the temple took seven years. Solomon's humble prayer of dedication is recorded in 2 Chr. 6. Thirteen years later, the palace was finished.

It was then that the Lord appeared to Solomon, giving guidance in how to pray in times of trouble. Also, Solomon was warned of the consequences of turning away from God (2 Chr. 7:1922). Pride caused him to disobey and led to his downfall.

Millard Jenkins, in his book Brands from the Burning, tells of a mother whose son had fallen into deep sin and was far away from home. She prayed for him constantly for many years.

One sleepless night he could "see" his mother on her knees, praying for him. He headed for home, found a new life in Jesus and said, "I am saved and all because I had a praying mother."

For God's people, the terms for answered prayer are:

Humble themselves and pray Humbleness is the opposite of pride. "Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall" (Prov. 16:18). Beware of falling down pride's steep stairway.

A pulpit committee was asked, "How big a preacher are you looking for?" They replied, "One big enough to reach heaven on his knees."

We are humbled by visualizing ourselves mingling with the crowd at the foot of the cross. There, it dawns on us that our fingerprints are on the handle of the hammer that nailed Jesus to the cross. Pride melts in that demonstration of God's love.

Prayer is the heart's cry for God. When the storms of life come, personal or national, one of the conditions for God to do His "healing" work is for His people to pray. Revival comes when we pray.

Seek my face and turn from their wicked ways If there is unconfessed sin (wickedness) in our hearts, the face of God is hidden from us. "If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened" (Ps. 66:18 NIV).

In Noah's day, "The Lord saw how great man's wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thought of his heart was only evil all the time" (Gen. 6:5 NIV). So, what's new?

Seek is a word of action. A trip to the Holy Land meant a two-week separation from my wife. When the returning plane landed, the only face in the crowd I was seeking was the pretty one of Harriett. Feel separated from God? Seek His face.

Turning from wicked ways involves repentance and going in a different direction.

Once I was flying a cub airplane and got lost. The instructor came up, looking for me.

To get home, I turned around and followed him. Jesus calls us to turn around and follow Him home.

God hears, forgives, heals If we obey God's conditions into a new life, we hear Him say a threepronged then: "I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."

It's the only hope for the land of America and for anyone whose back is turned against God.

I remember a tenant sawmill man. He was a social outcast, lousy husband and a mean alcoholic daddy.

Many home visits and attempts to lead him to Jesus seemed to no avail. Once, while drinking, his Model A got stuck in the mud. He drove and I pushed until we got it unstuck. When he began to see himself, in humility, he asked, "Ain't I a pretty sight?"

One Sunday morning, dressed in a clean white shirt, with outstretched arms and a smile, he came down the aisle to receive Jesus as his Savior. His life and home were cleaned up.

Several years later his wife wrote: "Marvin is still living for the Lord. And the angels are still rejoicing!"

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