Seeking Gods Face 10

Psalm 27:4 One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD And to meditate in His temple.

Exodus 33:18 Then Moses said, “I pray You, show me Your glory”

Deuteronomy 4:29 “But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul.”

2 Chr 7:14 and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

2 Chronicles 12:14 He did evil because he did not set his heart to seek the LORD.

In II Chronicles 7:14 it gives us some different aspects that are included in seeking the Lord and yet gives insight into what it means to seek the face of Lord. First of all, before a person can even seek the face of the Lord a person must be one of His people and be called by His name. Only true believers will seek the Lord as only true believers (in the NT) are His people. True prayer is only in the name of Christ and on the basis of the merits of Christ, so clearly one must have Christ in order to pray and seek His face. It is also true that it is in the face of Christ that the glory of God shines.

In order to seek the face of God a person must humble himself. Now this sounds so easy to people, while in one sense there is an external humbling, but in the real and deepest sense there must be an inner humbling. The proud person is full of self, so to be humbled is to be emptied of pride and self. Yet self cannot cast out self, so the work of true humility must be the work of another who has more power. If the working of humility in the soul is really the work of Christ by His Spirit, and the life of humility in the soul is the life of Christ in the soul, then to humble self is to give up seeking humility by the efforts of self and to seek it from Christ. Again, the humbling of self by self is for self to give up all hope of trying to attain humility by the efforts of self.

True humility is absolutely necessary because God opposes the proud, but also because pride and faith cannot live in the same place and at the same time. How can a proud person pray when God opposes the proud? A proud person will never seek God because when God is sought a person must come in submission to Him, and that is precisely what a proud person will never do in reality and from the heart though that proud person may indeed try to feign submission to Him. True prayer is not limited (if even at all) asking things and/or material blessings from God, but instead it must a seeking of God and His will and glory. This is what a proud person cannot and will not do. While people may do many things with their mouths and actions while they think they are praying, they are not truly praying if they are not seeking the presence of God.

True prayer, as II Chronicles 7:14 sets it out, is a seeking of the face of God. Prayer is not just kneeling or taking a posture and asking God for things, but instead it is a seeking of the face of God. It does not matter how earnest a person is or how long a person utters words or how religious a person is in his or her words if that person is not seeking the presence/face of God. There is no seeking of the face of God without prayer and yet there is no prayer without seeking the face/presence of God. This cannot be stressed too much. There is no prayer apart from seeking the presence of God from the heart and from the desires. But if that is true, then how much true prayer do I do? How much true prayer occurs in the professing church I attend? How much true prayer happens at all? It is vital to seek the presence of God in prayer. If not, we are not truly praying.

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