Spiritual Restoration. As we begin another farmhouse renovation, I look around at the property and compare it to my spiritual life. You see we take the overgrown, falling down, dirty, and uncared for things and replace, repair, and restore to make the property whole again. At some point in our lives, we find our spiritual lives the same way.
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I heart from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
During the dedication of the newly constructed Temple, Solomon prayed to God, asking Him to forgive and restore the people of Israel when they sinned. God told Solomon that, when the Israelites sinned, they would be restored after going through a process. God’s Word is eternal, and this process is also relevant to us today.
First step is humility. We recognize our nothingness before an Almighty God. On my own, I am both guilty and unworthy to be in his Holy presence. God is everything; I am nothing. “…the Lord is in his holy temple: Let all the earth keep silence before him.” Habakkuk 2:20
Second step is prayer. Prayer is an act of humility. Prayer is not presenting God with a list of desires. God does care about our needs and He instructs us to “cast all our cares on Him” 1 Peter 5:7. Jesus showed us that the primary purpose of prayer is to prepare us to perform the perfect will of God. Luke 22:41-42 “And he….prayed, Saying, “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”
Third step is communion with God. Prayer is a doorway through which we enter into communion with God. Scripture instructs us to seek God, and to do so “continually”. Psalm 27:8 “My heart says to you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek.” It is to be intimate with God: talking to him face-to-face. God wants to lead us from humility into prayer; and from prayer into communion with Him.
Final step is repentance: turning from wicked ways. Repentance is the offspring of communion. Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
God intends to bring us from humility into prayer, from prayer into communion with God and finally communion gives birth to repentance: a change in mindset allows us to turn from our wicked ways.
If we humble ourselves before God and pray, we submit to the will of the Lord. We discern the will of God through prayer and ‘seek His face’, because if we walk in the will of God, we commune with Him. And as a believer, when we walk in communion with God we cannot help but have our mind renewed.
God can restore what is broken and change it into something amazing.