If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; If my people, which are called by my name, shall 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. –2 Chronicles 7:13-14 KJV
At long last, the house of the Lord was finished. Originally the building of the temple had been the desire and dream of his father, the venerable and anointed King David. And yet, when his father had spoken to the Prophet Nathan concerning thoughts of building a house for the Lord, God had said,
“Go and say to My servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD, “Are you the one who should build Me a house to dwell in? “For I have not dwelt in a house since the day I brought up the sons of Israel from Egypt, even to this day; but I have been moving about in a tent, even in a tabernacle. “Wherever I have gone with all the sons of Israel, did I speak a word with one of the tribes of Israel, which I commanded to shepherd My people Israel, saying, ‘Why have you not built Me a house of cedar?”” (2 Samuel 7:4-7)
In His divine will and providence, God Himself had instructed the oversight and building of the temple be assigned to Solomon, the son who would succeed David on the throne. And now, after at least seven or more years of construction, the project had finally reached its conclusion
Project finished, all that remained was dedicating the magnificent edifice to God. No expense had been spared in the preparation and building of the temple and the fitting of its accessories. The finest cedar and ebony wood; the purest gold; the finest of silver and bronze, the absolute best craftsman—nothing was too good for God’s house.
And now it was time to pray. Getting down on his knees before the people of Israel, Solomon stretched out his hands and poured out his heart to God. His intercessory prayer and supplication is recorded in 2 Chronicles 6:14-42.
God responded by sending down fire from heave and filling the house with His glory. The priests could not stand in His presence, and when the people saw the fire fall from heaven and God’s glory filling the temple, they fell on their faces as well.
Later, the Lord appeared to Solomon and spoke the words in our meditation. I don’t know about you, but I believe our country and our world is facing a time—both naturally and spiritually—similar to what God described. We face the global pestilence of COVID-19, and a deep racial divide as well as an alarmingly-contentious upcoming presidential election here in the United States.
And yet, despite these dire circumstances, we can rely on a divine promise: “If my people . . ..”
Since its inception, October has served as consecration month for Primary Purpose Ministries. This year will be no different. Indeed, we’re going to follow the example and admonition of Church Mothers of old, and “bombard heaven” with prayer and supplication.
I want the Lord to heal our land, provide direction concerning our next steps, and give us a good, old-fashioned refilling of the Holy Ghost. God told Solomon, “If my people . . ..” Join me in standing on that word!