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. – 2 Chronicles 7:14
God responds to prayer, but not without action on our part. Grace is free, yet God has expectations for those who bear His name, just as parents’ guide and discipline the children they love. To experience the forgiveness and healing we desire, we must bow to the power of God, long to know God and eliminate those things that separate us from God. Walking with Him is a journey in partnership. God does His part – each day we must strive to do ours.
Help me dear Lord, to uphold my end of our partnership. I know I don’t always live up to Your expectations for me, so I am all the more grateful that You stay at my side and see me through.
-Sue Breland, Journey Through the Cross: Meditations for Lent ©