Before the creation, there is the Creator.
He is the chief focus of attention in the Bible’s first chapter.
Wherever we look in Genesis 1, we see the word, God. This is about Him.
Genesis 1 speaks about us. It tells us where we have come from. We have
come from God. He is our Creator. Take away God, and our life has no
meaning, no purpose, no direction.
* Move on from the Bible’s
first chapter. Read the rest of Genesis, the rest of the Old
Testament,the rest of the Bible. What do you find? The Bible is a Book
about God. It’s not only a Book about God. It’s a Book that has been
given to us by God. It’s His Word.
* What about our faith and our
life? Our faith comes to us from God. Our life has been given to us by
God. We are to put our faith in God. We are to live our life for God.
“God said, Let there be light, and there was light” (Genesis 1:3). The
light of God’s love and holiness. “He created us in His own image”
(Genesis 1:27). Created by God - lov…
2 Chronicles 7:12-22
gathering together of God’s people - “I ... have chosen this place for
Myself” (2 Chronicles 7:12). Note also 2 Chronicles 7:15-16 - “... this
place... this temple.”
The key verse is 2 Chronicles 7:14. Taking
this verse together with Acts 1:12-14, we may say, ‘This is the kind of
prayer that leads to Pentecost.’
What we have here is humility, prayer, longing for God and repentance.
We must ask, ‘How are we to pray?’
* We are to pray with humility. Remember the parable of the Pharisee and the publican (Luke 18:9-14).
We are to pray with longing for God. Prayer is more than just words.
There is to be intensity and persistence. The parable of the persistent
widow (Luke 18:1-8): She kept on praying until she received an answer.
We are to “cry out to God day and night” (Luke 18:7).
* We are to pray with repentance. Our words are to be backed up by our life.
God hears this kind of prayer, arising from our hearts and lives as
well as our lips, He sa…
Lord, help us not to keep You at a distance. Help us to get closer to
You. So many of our problems come from this: We’re too far away from
You. Even when we’re keeping you at a distance, help us to know that You
still love us. Help us to know that You’ll never stop loving us.