“If My people, which are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways…” So the LORD said to the people of Israel in II Chronicles 7:14. Because of what Christ did by redeeming us to Himself and grafting us into His family, I believe we can apply these verses to ourselves. More importantly, I believe God has said we can; He will fulfill this promise to us as His children.
But are we understanding the true picture of what is being said? Humble ourselves and pray and seek His face and turn from our wicked ways… A casual reading will lead us to think it means if we realize we need God’s help in fixing our mess, and we humble ourselves enough to ask Him for help, and we ask for His will to be done, and we promise not to do the same things again, then He is obligated to come fix our problems. I’m afraid we’ve missed the first point and thus miss out on everything else.
We must interpret the first point by the last to get on the right track. We must humble ourselves, not to the point of asking for help, but to the point where we realize and acknowledge that we are wicked. We have sinned. We are fully responsible for the mess we are in. And we must be willing to forsake it all. Completely. There must not be any vestige of ourselves or our pride left in our confession. We then pray and seek His face. Not His hands. Not what He can do for us, but God Himself. A relationship with Him. An acknowledgement that we want to continue our lives with Him and not on our terms. Then we will be empowered to truly turn from our wicked ways.