Today’s passage is 2 Chronicles 7:11-22. Let’s go!
On verses 12-16: After Solomon has finished dedicating the temple, God appears to Solomon. God confirms to Solomon that He has heard Solomon’s prayer, that He will be attentive to the prayers offered in the temple, and that He has chosen and consecrated this temple so that His name would be there forever. As part of this, God speaks some of the most powerful words regarding prayer and repentance in the Bible:
2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)
14 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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
When God speaks this promise in verse 14, He is speaking about situations where the land is affected by droughts, plagues or locusts. God promises to heal the Israelites’ land if they will humble themselves, pray, seek His face and turn from their wicked ways.