THEME: "I WILL HEAL THEIR LAND," 2 CHRON. 7:14.
SUB-THEME: PRE~EQUISITES FOR HEALI.NG THE LAND
TOPIC: Seeking God's Face Earnestly In Prayers.
TEXT: II Chron. 32:1-23; I Sam 30:1- 8.
i) understand the meaning and essence of seeking God's face;
ii) realise why and how best to seek God's face.
Seeking God's face is one of the requirements for a land to be healed as shown in the theme text- I!Chron. 7:14. It may require searching out God's will or seeking His favour. We will consider these two views in this study. King Hezekiah was confronted with the great anny of Sennacherib. Despite all the intimidating actions of Sennacherib (I! Chron. 32:9-19), Hezekiah showed faith, in the Almighty God. (I! Chron.32:7- 8). His faith, coupled with earnest prayer, caused God to send His angel to fight the battle for him (I! Chron. 32:20-22).
1. i) How will you explain "seeking God's face"?
ii) Mention and discuss its various dimensions of seeking God's face, I! Chron. 32:1-21; I Sam 9:1-6; 30:7, 8.
iii) What result do we get from seeking Gods face?
iv) What insights do the following scriptures give to seeking God? Isa 45:19; 55:6; 58:2; Provo 3:5-7.
2. i) Highlight and discuss the situations that prompted their seeking God's face in II Chron. 32:1-23 and ISam 30:1-8.
ii) What are Christians to avoid in similar circumstances? ISam 12:10; 28:7;Judges 16:20
3. i) How best can Christians seek God's face? I Sam 1:9-11; Dan 9:3; Acts 12:5
ii) Why must we? I! Chron. 7:14; 15:2
It is not wrong to be driven by ugly situations to seek God's favour or direction, but Christians should learn to seek Him always, with all their heart and according to His word; so they may obtain His help. God is only a prayer away; so turn to Him now!
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Draw near to God and He will drawnear and bless you. (James 4:8)
MEMORY VERSE: Isaiah 45:19.
"I have not spoken in secret, from somewhere in a land of darkness; I have not said to Jacobs descendants, 'Seek Me',in vain. I, the LORD, speak the truth: I declare what is right."