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God's Formula for Blessing

“Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the LORD filled the house .... 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. 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. Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.” 2 Chron. 7:1-15


God’s answer to Solomon’s prayer.

It appeared that God accepted Solomon’s prayer, by the fire from heaven. But a prayer may be accepted, and yet not answered in the letter of it; and therefore God spoke to Solomon in the night, as he did once before.

He promised to answer the prayer of his people. God expects that his people, if they have dishonoured his name, must humble themselves under his hand, must pray for the removal of the judgment, must seek the face and favour of God; and yet all this will not do, unless they turn from their wicked ways, and return to the God from whom they have revolted. Mercy is then promised; that God will forgive, and then heal their land. Pardoning mercy makes way for healing mercy. - Matthew Henry Commentary







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