Bible Study

Every month, a brief summary of a Bible Study session by Pastor Johnson will be featured. To learn and enjoy an entire session, please come to our Bible Study sessions held every Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. You’ll be glad you did!

“Family Prayer”
Dr. Brodie I. Johnson, Pastor, Cornerstone Institutional Baptist Church

II Chronicles 6:12; 7:12, 14 

6:12 And he stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands:

7:12 And the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice. 

7:14 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.

 

When you look at our society today, we have a reason to go back to prayer.  It’s not good enough for the mother to pray, but the father doesn’t.  There is no power in the house if only one person prays.  It’s not good enough for only one to get in the Word.  Being in church is no indication that a person is in the Word.  If you’re a church goer, the question is, “How deep are you in the Word?” Everyone goes through trials and will need a breakthrough.  Our God is in the “breakthrough business.”  You can’t know God but there’s no breakthrough in your life.

In II Chronicles 6:1-11, Solomon had just finished preaching a powerful sermon and had placed the Ark of the Covenant into the house that he had built for the Lord.  6:12 And he stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands:  Solomon stood at the altar and spread his hands in worship to the Lord.  Altar call is very important is today’s church.  The problem comes when people are too cute to spread their hands when they come to the altar.  What if you just come to the altar and lifted up your hands to God?  This shows our heartfelt devotion and reverence to our Lord.

If you truly want to see a breakthrough in your life, learn how to release yourself to God.  Solomon made a brazen scaffold, stood upon it, and kneeled down on his knees before the congregation.  If you can’t bow down on your knees, bow down in your heart!  Get humble before the Lord.  Be careful not to let other folks make you miss your blessings.  Also be on guard because when God gets ready to send you your blessing, that’s when Satan gets busy to either get or send folks to get on your reserve nerve to wreck your focus on God.

7:12 And the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice.  It’s a good thing for the Lord to show up at night.  You can miss out on your blessing by having the wrong people in your space when God is trying to speak to you.  The question is, “Do you really want him to talk to you?”  If God really talks to you, then you wouldn’t be so nasty or mean.  You should never want God to shut up heaven because how would you be blessed?

7:14 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. 

When there’s family prayer, healing can take place!