II Chronicles 7:14, 15

(All Scripture is from the New King James Version unless otherwise indicated)

If… is one of the biggest two-letter words in the English language! It can decide the outcome of a small incident, or world-changing situations! The latter is applied to this opening word in II Chronicles 7:14 and 15:

     ...if My people, who are called by My name will humble 
     themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from 
     their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and 
     will forgive their sin and heal their land.  Now My 
     eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayer 
     made in this place.

II Chronicles 7:14 is the theme verse in a prayer time we started at our church – Monday, Wednesday, and Friday – from 6:30 to 8 AM. I resurrected a three-by-ten foot banner I made 39 years ago for an evangelistic service we had in another church. Having studied revivals that have taken place through history, I have learned that all revivals have been preceded by intense prayer! So we are calling on God to heal our land! America needs to be healed from…

  • …the Covid pandemic now resurging!
  • …political, social, racial, and economic divides!
  • …sexual and gender confusion!
  • …the cultural push to cancel or rewrite our American history!
  • …the ongoing wars and conflicts into which our enemies have drawn us!
  • …the personal and family needs of so many in our country!
  • …the spiritual decline especially prevalent among our younger generations!

All these issues (and more) are addressed when we experience a heaven-sent, Spirit- empowered revival!

Gerald, at age 90, is one of our regular participants in the revival prayer time. He has regularly brought up the importance of the first word in II Chronicles 7:14 –If…!

Accordiing to II Chronicles 7:14, there are three things that God will do – that only God can do! Often in language, there is a second word in relation to the word if. It is the word then. If this or that happens, then this or that will follow. So it is with God!

  • …then I will hear from heaven….God only is in heaven, that is, He and only the ones whom He invites into His presence!
  The angels who did not follow Lucifer in his rebellion 
     (see Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:12 -17).  

     ➔    Matthew 26:53 – Jesus said, “...do you think 
           that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He 
           will provide me with more than twelve legions 
           of angels?”

     A Roman legion at full strength was six thousand 
     soldiers! That means Jesus could have had ...more 
     than...72,000 angels come to His assistance!...more than...could refer to millions of angels!  
     Revelation 5:11 appears to refer to at least a hun-
     dred million angels!

     ➔    Revelation 12:3, 4 – “...a great fiery red dra-
           gon [Satan]...his tail drew a third of the stars 
           of heaven, and threw them to the earth....”

     Many Bible scholars believe that “...the stars of 
     heaven...” refer to the angels that followed Satan’s 
     rebellion and became demons!...one third...of 
     the angels would be...more than...36,000 demons, 
     perhaps millions of them! Factoring in Revelation 
     5:11, there could be 33 million demons!

✞    Redeemed human beings!

     ➔    Revelation 7:9 describes “...a great multitude 
           which no one could number, of all nations, 
           tribes, peoples and tongues...” – saved human 
           beings who put their trust in Jesus Christ as 
           their Redeemer!

     Whether this is just those saved out of the Great 
     Tribulation or across the ages of history, it isn’t 
     exactly clear. But it seems to lean toward those so 
     saved. If so, the number of believers in heaven since 
     Adam and Eve must truly be beyond comprehension!

But back to God who ...will hear from heaven...,only He 
is omniscient (knowing all things), and only He can hear 
all the sincere and repentant prayers of His people! 
  • …then…I will forgive their sin….” In Luke 5:20, 21, the scribes and Pharisees had it right when they questioned, “Who can forgive sins but God alone? ” when Jesus said to the paralytic “Man, your sins are forgiven you.
       Only God can forgive sins, because sin is ul-
          timately against Him! As David wrote in his 
          confessive psalm 51 and verse 4: “Against You, 
          You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in 
          Your sight.” And yet he had...

          ➔    ...committed adultery with Bathsheba, even 
                fathering a child with her (see II Samuel 

          ➔    ...tried to cover up this adulterous sin 
                by having Bathsheba’s husband Uriah mur-
                dered (see II Samuel 11:14-17). 

          ➔    ...remained unrepentant about a year con-
                cerning his sin.

     I John 1:9 – “If we confess our sins, He is 
          faithful and just to forgive us our sins and 
          to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 

         ➔    As David testified in Psalm 32:1-5:

               Blessed is he whose transgression is 
               forgiven, whose sin is covered. Bles-
               sed is the man to whom the LORD does 
               not impute iniquity, and in whose 
               spirit there is no quile....I acknow-
               ledged my sin to You, and my iniquity 
               I have not hidden.  I said, “I will 
               confess my transgressions to the LORD,” 
               and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.
See also Psalm 103:12; Proverbs 28:13; 
               Isaiah 43:25; Micah 7:18, 19: Acts 26:
               16; Romans 4:7, 8; Romans 8:1; Ephesians 
               1:7; Colossians 1:13, 14; Hebrews 8:12; 
               I John 1:7-9; I John 2:2.
  • …then…I will…heal their land.
   I will not mention again all the malignant 
          specifics of our society that needs healing.  
          But if you look once more at the opening list 
          of wrongs and malignancies facing our nation, 
          God can heal all these and so much more!

     ✞    ...and He knows we in America need His healing!

But it is all dependent upon that little word – “If…”

  • If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves….
         We cannot stay in our safe homes and havens and 

         ➔    “Well, I’m ok! My kids are doing pretty 
               well! We have enough money to live on!  
               And we are all in decent health!”

         ➔    “All is well in my world!”

         ➔    “It is too bad what is happening in Af-
               ghanistan, Haiti, North Korea, and some 
               other parts of the world! But what con-
               cern is that of mine?   What about...

         ➔    John 3:16 – “For God so loved the [whole] 
               world that He gave His only begotten Son, 
               that whoever believes in Him should not 
               perish but have everlasting life.”

         ➔    Mark 16:15, 16 – “Go into all the world and 
               preach the gospel to every creature. He who 
               believes and is baptized will be saved; but 
               he who does not believe will be condemned.”

         ➔    Ephesians 1:22, 23 – “...the church [belie-
               vers all over the world]...is His body....
               Now you are the body of Christ, and members 
               individually....if one member suffer, all 
               the members suffer with it; or if one mem-
               ber is honored, all the members rejoice 
               with it.    We must get off our high horseof self-suffi-
          ciency apart from God and each other, and...
          humble ourselves...to be where God wants us!
  • If My people, who are called by My name…will pray….
       Not just......theLord’s prayer” of Matthew 6:9-13 and 
               Luke 11:2-4.

         ➔    ...Now I lay me down to sleep....”

         ➔    ...“God is great, God is good....   What God wants, and we need, is soul-searching 
          confession of...
...our sins!...the sins of each other!...the sins of our church!...the sins of our nation! 

                (see Daniel's prayer in Daniel 9:4-19).
  • If My people, who are called by My name…will seek My face….
     God told Moses in Exodus 33:20, “You cannot 
          see My face, for no man can see My face and 
          live.God is too glorious for mortal man to 
          see the LORD face onand live!

        But, it is written in...

         ➔    II Corinthians 4:6 – “...God...has 
               shone in our hearts to give the light 
               of the knowledge of the glory of God 
               in the face of Jesus Christ.”

         ➔    John 14:9, 11 – “Jesus said...‘...He who 
               has seen Me has seen the Father....Believe 
               Me that I am in the Father and the Father 
               in Me....  To seek His face is to know Him intimately!To know how He thinks, how He acts, how 
               He loves, how He blesses!To know His furious anger and judgement 
               against sin and sinners!To know the extent of His sacrifice to 
               reconcile sinners unto Himself!

        A great benefit of seeking God’s face in 
          Jesus Christ is found in II Corinthians 3:18:  

             But we all, with unveiled face, beholding 
             as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are 
             being transformed into the same image from 
             glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of 
             the Lord.

	  We become more and more like Jesus when we be-
          hold Him in the mirror of the Word of God.....
          and obey what we behold! (see I Corinthians 
          13:12; James 1:22).
  • If My people, who are called by My name…will turn from their wicked ways….

I once had a friend named Myron, who confessed to me his love of gambling and his desire to “…only once in awhile…” cheat on his wife by visiting prostitutes. He asked me, “How can I stop this stuff, because I guess I shouldn’t be doing it.” I told him, “Myron, you can’t face in two different directions at once. Turn to the Lord heart, soul, strength and mind, and you will be turning away from the sin you don’t want to do.

I don’t know if he took my advice, but it is solid advice! No one can sincerely seek God’s face in Jesus Christ and continue in sin! It is impossible!

The second verse in our featured Scripture is only seventeen words long: “Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayer made in this place. Where is…this place…located in which we are to pray?

  • King Solomon prayed to the LORD at the dedication of the magnificent Jerusalem temple just completed under his leadership. II Chronicles 7:14 and 15 are part of God’s answer to Solomon’s prayer. Obviously, …this place…referred to that newly-built temple!
     But there hasn’t been a Jewish temple since 70 AD 
     when the Romans destroyed the third temple King 
     Herod built! So applied to us today, “...this place
     ...can’t mean the Jewish temple!
  • However, Paul wrote in…
       I Corinthians 3:16 – “Do you not know that you 
          are the temple of God and that the Spirit of 
          God dwells in you?   II Corinthians 6:16 – “...you are the temple 
          of the living God.  As God has said, ‘I will 
          dwell in them and walk among them.  I will 
          be there God, and they shall be My people.So the temple is us!  You might say, it is a portable temple, for it is found wherever we are.  So pray,...in this place...,wherever you are!  It is written in I Peter 3:12, “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers.
     This is what the Lord calls us to do!

we do our part, what we can do…
God will do His part, what only He can do!