God promises to hear from heaven when His people humble themselves and pray.
The following are some discussion questions to use in a further study of this topic by an individual or a small group.
- What experiences (if any) have you had with revival? How would you describe those experiences? In your experience, has revival been something God did or was it more “man-made”?
- Read 2 Chronicles 6:26-27 and 7:11-12. What were the circumstances that led to the Lord’s appearing to Solomon? What was the prayer that Solomon prayed and that God was responding to? What can we take away from this?
- Read verse 13. What is significant about the word “when” in this verse? Why do you think it is that God does things to get the attention of His people? What are some things during our life-time that God allowed to happen to get the attention of His people? How did the Church respond?
- Read Hebrews 12:4-11. In this passage, what reasons are given for the Lord’s discipline in our lives? What are some of the ways God disciplines us? Can you think of a time in your life that you received God’s discipline? Did God get your attention?
- Read verse 14. What are the 4 conditions God set for His people to be able to hear from heaven, forgive their sins, and heal their land? Jim suggested that this verse describes true repentance which is what God looks for before sending revival. How can we develop a spirit of continual repentance in our lives and in our church?
- Reread verse 14. What does God promise to do when the conditions are met? Jim said that this describes the blessing that God pours out in a true revival. What are some of the effects of revival on believers, on sinners and on society?
- Do you feel we are in need of revival at this time? What changes can we make in our lives in order to prepare for revival?