“If my people, who are called by my name, will 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.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)

For revival to come, there must be prayer- not just our regular, “Dear God, please bless me and my family and keep us safe today” prayers, but prayers that seek the face of God.

What does it mean to “seek God’s face”? Let me give you an example from when I was a little boy. I remember that sometimes, when I disobeyed my mother, she would refuse to look at me. I remember one specific time when I did something that embarrassed her in front of a crowd of other people and she pretended that she did not know me. When my mother did that I knew that I was in trouble!

God also turns his face away from us sometimes- when God turns His face from us, we are in trouble!

Look at Ezekiel 39:23,24– “And the heathen shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity: because they trespassed against me, therefore hid I my face from them, and gave them into the hand of their enemies: so fell they all by the sword. According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions have I done unto them, and hid my face from them.”

David says in Psalm 27:7-9- “Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me. When you said, Seek my face; my heart said unto thee, Your face, LORD, will I seek. Hide not your face far from me; put not your servant away in anger: you have been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.

When my mom was mad at me, I knew the only way to get her to look at me again was to say, “I’m sorry” and MEAN IT. (Moms are kind of hard to fool!)

In the same way, when God has turned his face away from us, the only way to see his face again is to go to him humbly and say, “I’m sorry.” And mean it, because God is even harder to fool than mom- as a matter of fact it is IMPOSSIBLE to fool God.

As a Christian, do you humbly desire personal revival?

Seek the face of God today.