2 Chronicles 7:14 reads, “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.”
First step: Humility.
- Pride must be dismissed and rejected.
- We must humble ourselves before God.
- Humility is the reverse of pride.
- Satan’s main sin was pride.
- Our way, our will, our plan, our concept of God, and our concept of righteousness must give way to the image of God.
Second Step: Prayer.
- In the Books of Acts, we read that prayer was made “stretch outedly” by the church for Peter.
- These people did not pray aimlessly, nor were they distracted by the stock market or the latest new bulletins. They did not follow the latest fad invented by church leaders.
- Their beloved friend and apostle was to be executed so they prayed with every fiber of their being for Peter’s release.
- Prayer here meant is that which keeps on pounding and shouting until in order to shut the one praying, God moves.
Third Step: Seeking always God’s face.
- We must know God and stand in His presence. This is not asking God to do something. Rather, it is asking God for His very presence and relationship.
- We are seeking a new relationship with Him, not as a little child, but as a mature son or daughter who knows the Father is in tune with the Father’s will, begins to think and act like the Father, and can take responsibility in the Father’s Kingdom.
- God wants us to move beyond the petition stage (asking always), to a time when the ultimate purpose and good is being in communion with God.
- John 1:1b: With God, Face to face.
Fourth Step: Turn from our Wicked ways.
- Cease having a lack of Bible reading and prayer.
- Do not allow your attendance at worship to begin to slip.
- Do not accept the sinful practices and principles of Satan and his world.
- Do not accept the approval of the World, but the approval of God.
- Do not desire the approval of the World, but desire the approval of God.
- Do not fill our minds with worldly pictures, sounds and concepts.
- Do not allow our language to get coarser.
- Do not associate more and more with those who are rebels against God.
- Do not allow our hearts to be hardened.
- Forget not to love God, to pray, to forgive, and to follow the Spirit and the Word.
Fifth Step: United in vision of purpose.
- This is accomplished by prayer, hearing God’s words, and following the presence and will of God.
- It is better to have a small group united in purpose than to have great groups full of division.
- Most Revivals are begun by small groups of people united in the same vision and same purpose.
- Spending time alone with God is key. God starts with one person and then unites others to the same vision.
Sixth Step: Perseverance.
- After Jesus had risen from the dead, He instructed His disciples to tarry in Jerusalem until they were endued with power form on high.
- We see from this example that they persevered. They waited until the Holy Spirit came. The first day nothing happened. The same is true as pertaining to the second day and so on until the Holy Spirit moved. They waited 50 days.
- It is those who keep pressing through that will finally receive from God and gain the utmost from God.