I would encourage you to read 1 Kings 8. I was praying about something totally unrelated and the Lord led me to this chapter. God spoke to me many different things in this chapter, one of which I will share with you here.
King Solomon is crying out to God before the altar in the Temple. He begins by standing before the Lord with his hands lifted to Heaven in verse 22. By the time we get to verse 54, we see him rising from his knees before the Lord. Somewhere between verses 22 and 54 Solomon fell to his knees before God with his hands lifted to Heaven. After you read it you will understand why…it is goooood.
One thing God really spoke to me (for the upcoming revival no doubt) was in verses 38 & 39. 1 Kings 8:38-39, What prayer and supplication soever be made by any man, or by all thy people Israel, which shall know every man the plague of his own heart, and spread forth his hands toward this house: Then hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and do, and give to every man according to his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou, even thou only, knowest the hearts of all the children of men;)
As a pastor, I ran into all kinds of problems people had. Not just run-of-the-mill, everyday problems with jobs, bills, annoying coworkers, etc., but deep seeded strongholds; strongholds that no one would ever have guessed brother or sister so-in-so struggled with. I took and do take pastor confidentiality very seriously, to the point I never even told Missy (my beautiful wife) the things people shared with me in confidence. Therefore, without mentioning any names let me just tell you that everyone…YES, EVERYONE has some thorn, some battle they deal with almost, if not every day.
You have yours. You know it. Don’t deny it. You may never know what plagues the person beside you but just know that something does so pray for them. If you ever find yourself not knowing what to pray or how to pray just start praying for someone else; they need it…we all do.
Now back to yours, … which shall know every man the plague of his own heart.
You know the plague of your own heart. I have good news: God (yes even here in the Old Testament…same God) has forgiveness for you. Read it, read the entire chapter. Whatever may be wrong or going wrong, God has forgiveness. He will hear from Heaven and He will forgive and He will heal.
Lord bless you today.