2 Chronicles 7:14: [God says to Solomon, before the dedication of the Temple], “If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven, and forgive their sins, and heal their land.”
Had a little discussion in Sunday school with a bunch of high school kids; talking about prayer. The question was, “What do you pray about?” Right out of the chute, Kelli says, “I pray to know God.” I was astounded. I didn’t think we’d even get around to that part of prayer for a long time, maybe not even touch it that day. I said so. I asked, “What do you mean?” She said, “I want to know what God thinks; what He wants for my life; to understand who He really is. I want to know what it means to really trust Him.”
You know it’s like Oswald Chambers said, “When you stop seeking what God can do for you, you have time to seek Him for Himself.” I think that’s what the verse means when it says, “Seek My face.” We talked about ‘listening to God’. Maybe not an audible voice, but that clear feeling you get in your heart about what God thinks, after you seek God’s face.
Later I had a revelation about this little episode. Never understood it this way before. When you start to seek God’s face; seeking to know Him for Himself; you enter a whole different dimension of knowing God. It’s like the difference between ‘believing in God’ with your head and trusting God with your heart. It changes your whole relationship with Him. This is the same way (maybe the same thing in different form), when you seek to know God, to develop a relationship with Him as a Father and a friend, it changes the whole complexion of your relationship with each other. When you really start to listen to Him for understanding, and not just for provision, you really are changed in your heart. It’s just like it says in James 4:8, “Draw near to God, and He’ll draw near to you.”