24-Hour Prayer Chain
Our HOURLY PRAYER CHAIN begins from 12 midnight every first Friday of the month.
Prayer is vital if a church wants to see revival, and that is our earnest prayer, that God revive us. What is revival? “Re”….again; “viva”….life. Or to bring something to life again. Revival starts in the individual and then spreads to a church or community. So for our monthly Friday prayer we will this year be focusing on first getting our own hearts and lives in order, on allowing the Holy Spirit to speak to us, to change us, to challenge us, to revive us so we can be an instrument in God's hands to bring revival.
Our focus will be on 2 Chronicles 7:14.
We will take one phrase of this verse each month and allow the Holy Spirit to reveal his word to us. There will be suggested readings, insights, encouragement and relevant passages for us to read.
JUNE. "seek my face"
2 Chronicles 7:13-14. Message
If I ever shut off the supply of rain from the skies or order the locusts to eat the crops or send a plague on my people, and my people, my God-defined people, respond by humbling themselves, praying, seeking my presence, and turning their backs on their wicked lives, I’ll be there ready for you: I’ll listen from heaven, forgive their sins, and restore their land to health.
1 Chronicles 16:11 Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually.
“Seek”, the dictionary says, “is to go in search of, to try to discover”. It implies a process that takes time. It's not seek, then find immediately and that's it…. ask once and receive. No, it's a continuous seeking. Just like “be filled with the Spirit“ means “be being filled” a continued filling, a constant daily filling, continually. Note… it's not my strength, but HIS. We have a daily need of His presence in our lives. A daily need of His strength.
Psalm 24:3-6 NLT
Who may climb the mountain of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? Only those whose hands and hearts are pure, who do not worship idols and never tell lies. They will receive the LORD's blessing and have a right relationship with God their savior. Such people may seek you and worship in your presence, O God of Jacob.
Only those who have already humbled themselves and prayed, who now have clean hands and pure hearts can stand in His presence and there seek His face. Are you one of these or do you have hindrances in your life that prevent you from seeking his face?
Psalm 27:4 NLT
The one thing I ask of the LORD- the thing I seek most- is to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, delighting in the LORD's perfections and meditating in his Temple.
Here again we feel the longing in the heart of the Psalmist to be continually in God’s presence, for it is in His presence as we seek Him that we can experience His peace and security, His love and His leading, His power and anointing.
That's the only quiet, secure place in a noisy world, The perfect getaway, far from the buzz of traffic.
Psalm 27:7-8 KJV
Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me. When you said “Seek my face;” my heart said unto you, “Your face, Lord, will I seek.”
The longing in God’s heart….”seek me, I love you and want you to come close to me.”
The quick response from the Psalmist is “Yes Lord. I'm coming to you because I really need you.” It’s Jesus we seek, not anything He can give, only God Himself.
Can you feel the Holy Spirit calling you today?
Do you have the same response…”yes Lord, I’m coming.” Then His promise to you is “Seek and you WILL find.”
How long you seek is determined by the value you place on the object of your search.
Notice that the Lord says, “Seek my FACE”. Why His face?
Heart to heart communication can only happen when we are looking at the other person’s face. Their expression and eyes sometimes tell a different story to their words. It is said that the eyes are the window to the soul.
Moses used to go outside the camp, away from the thousands of tents, into a tent he had erected there in order to meet with God.
“Inside the Tent of Meeting, the LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.” Ex.33:11.
Moses wanted to see God, but God told him, “No one may see me and live.” This seems like a contradiction. While on earth our vision of God is limited, imperfect.
1 Corinthians 13:12 NLT
Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity.
No human being could survive the full revelation of Jesus. Remember in the book of Revelation, the apostle John saw Jesus. “And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead.” The glory was such that John could not stand or move.
But every believer has been invited to come close to Him, to look upon his beauty, to meditate on who He is, and it's through this we are changed to be like Him.
2 Cor.3:18. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
So come into His presence now, shut out everything else and begin to seek His face.
If you wish to continue in God's presence, open the next link and sit with Him for a further 20 mins.