The People of God – Part 1

The people of God can impact the whole world in a positive way. Israel in the time of King Solomon were called the people of God and when they prayed the land received healing. Those who belong to Christ are also a people of God and when they pray in the name of Jesus, God answers their prayers.

A long time ago, a few days after King Solomon had finished building the Temple, God appeared to him and told him that he had heard his prayers. This happened after he dedicated the altar of the temple for seven days and sent the people to their homes. The people left for home with a joyous spirit and when God appeared to Solomon he began to talk about that meeting place, the Temple.

The Temple was a place he had chosen from which to offer sacrifices that would be acceptable to him. However, God also pointed out that his people were important when times would be hard because they would be instrumental in changing the course of life through prayer.

In 2 Chronicles 7: 13-14 the Lord says, “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” (‭KJV). God placed conditions on his people if he had to do something to alleviate their problems.

The first condition is that the people of God had to humble themselves. People have the ability to humble themselves. If the people of God did not have this ability, God could not have asked the people of Israel to humble themselves. Do not asked God to humble you, just humble yourself. In 1 Peter 5:6 the Bible says, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time” (‭KJV). If there is anything in this area that is contrary to God, that thing is called pride. God will hear prayer when a child of God has turned away from pride. In order for God to hear from heaven, we have to walk in humility.