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Four Steps For Spiritual Restoration

"...Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name." ~Matthew 6:9

2 Chronicles 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.

“…Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.” ~Matthew 6:9

During the Dedication of the newly constructed Temple, Solomon prayed to God, asking Him to forgive and restore the people of Israel when they sinned (2 Chronicles 6:12-42). God then told Solomon (in the verse above) that, when the Israelites sinned, they would be restored after going through a four-step process. God’s Word is eternal; therefore, this four-step process has unequivocal application to Christians today. Christians ARE God’s people called by His name.

STEP 1: Humility
The first step in spiritual restoration is humility. To start the restoration process we must first recognize our nothingness before an Almighty God. I have neither rights nor commendation before God. On my own, I am both guilty and unworthy to be in his Holy presence. God is everything; I am nothing.

…the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him. ~Habakkuk 2:20

STEP 2: Prayer
The second step in spiritual restoration is prayer. Prayer is an act of humility. Prayer is NOT presenting God with a list of desires. God DOES care about our needs and He instructs us to “cast all our cares on Him” (1 Peter 5:7).

“Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” ~Matthew 6:10

However, Jesus showed us that the primary purpose of prayer is to prepare persons to perform the perfect will of God (Matthew 6: 9-13, Luke 22:42).

And he… prayed, Saying, “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” ~Luke 22:41-42

After we humble ourselves before God, we then seek to discover His will for our lives through prayer.

STEP 3: Communion/Fellowship
The third step in spiritual restoration is communion with God: ‘seeking God’s face’. To ‘seek God’s face’ is to live in His presence: to commune/fellowship with Him. Prayer is the doorway through which we enter into communion with God. Scripture instructs us to seek God, and to do so “continually” (1 Chronicles 16:11, Psalm 27:8, Psalm 105:4). To commune/fellowship with God is to live one’s life every second as if serving before God’s throne in heaven. It is to be in constant dialogue with God. It is to be intimate with God: talking with Him “face-to-face”:

“Give us this day our daily bread.” ~Matthew 6:11

And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend… ~Exodus 33:11a

To “seek God’s face” is to walk with God as Enoch did: in such close fellowship that the line between earth and heaven becomes blurred. When Moses communed with God he came so close that after the experience his face shone (Exodus 34:34-35). Paul communed with God and was caught up in the third heaven (2 Corinthians 12:1-3). God wants to lead us from humility into prayer; and from prayer into communion with Him.

STEP 4: Repentance
The fourth and final step in spiritual restoration is repentance: turning from “wicked ways”. Repentance is the offspring of communion. This is not the same “repentance” that is a prerequisite for salvation (Acts 3:19), because this passage was addressed to “my people, which are called by my name”. So, God was addressing those who are already in the fold. Repentance for believers is described in Romans 12:2 as transformation by a renewing of our minds.

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil…” ~Matt. 6:13a

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” ~Romans 12:2

God intends to bring us from humility into prayer, from prayer into communion with God and finally communion gives birth to repentance (mental renewal): a change in mindset allows us to turn from our “wicked ways”.

Start… and You Will Finish
These four steps of spiritual restoration, though sequential, are not independent of each other. The believer that humbles himself before The Almighty God will pray, because he recognizes that he must submit to the will of the Lord of Hosts. The believer that discerns the will of God through prayer must also ‘seek God’s face’, because to walk in the will of God is to walk in communion with God. And the believer that walks in communion with God cannot help but have his mind renewed.

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10 Comments

  1. Thank you for enlightining Word of God. God's Word truly powerful that can transformed live. Therefore, I apply this four principle in spiritual restoration of myself by the grace of God. says

    please help me, I am undergoing a process spiritual rehabilitation, It is very shameful, fearful, painful. I need someone to pray for me. I was homosexual before but I fall again. My testimony as christian was destroy. I am confuse, doubt, and emotionally depress. Please help me in prayer. May God bless you richly! Thank you so much!

    • We are thankful to God that he used this message to give you a blessing. May His name be glorified.

      Regarding your struggle with sin, please be assured that many, many believers also struggle with repetitive sin. Indeed, the fact that you are remorseful is an indication of God’s activity in your life. He hasn’t given up on you and neither should we. We pray that you will overcome this weakness as He transforms you by the renewing of your mind. Study His word constantly, pray without ceasing and draw strength from The Holy Spirit which indwells your life. We will lift you up in our prayers.

      Finally, I recommend that you read “Sin doesn’t come in Sizes“, it might help you to gain perspective on your situation.

      God bless!!

  2. vhuhwavho says

    i feel much blessed and thankful to God for this massage.. I am renewed in Jesus name

    • Thanks for sharing vhuhwavho! Please pray that God will continue to work through Reflections in The Word to bless others and Glorify Himself.

      Take care, and we hope to hear from you soon!

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  4. Enoch Aladegboye says

    I am a man of God who have mission to de populate the kingdom of hell and to populate the kingdom of heaven I fell into sin and I sincerely need prayer for restoration

    • Hi Enoch,

      Sadly, many of us do fall into sin. In The Bible, David, Peter, Abraham and many more stumbled. But, Praise be to God, He lifts us up when we turn to Him and repent. Whatever, the sin is that you fell into, do not stay down. Turn to God, call on Him repent and recommit your life to His service. And then, by the grace fueled empowerment of God, sin no more.

      May God bless and keep you my brother.

  5. FANIYAN-OJEGBOLA OLUWASEUN says

    please kindly pray with me i need more of God in my life,marriage and to make heaven.

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