St. Mark's AME Church

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Topeka, Kansas 66608

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Moments Of Inspiration


In II Chronicles 7:11-16 we find these words: 


"Thus Solomon finished the house of the Lord, and the King's house: and all that came into Solomon's heart to make in the house of the Lord, and in his own house, he prosperously effected.  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.  For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall there perpetually."(KJV)


Imagine this with me ... Solomon is down on his bending knees praying to God, about the completion of the Temple, the dedications and sacrifices made and while he prayers the Lord appears to him.  Text doesn't explain how the Lord appears, only that He does.  Perhaps there was a shift in the atmosphere, or something occurred in His spirit, changing his surroundings, making Solomon know that he was not alone.  Let me ask you, have you ever while praying had the Lord's power to overwhelm you, make you feel as if you were suddenly immersed into a whole different realm?  Or while you prayed have you ever felt as if the presence of the Lord was literally in your space?   On the day in our text we are told that the Lord appeared to Solomon while he prayed and said to him:  "I have heard your prayer …"


Solomon was praying about the Temple that he had built for the Lord, as the Lord's house, and he prayed about its beauty.  I imagine that Solomon's greatest concern, while he prayed about the temple, was if the Lord was pleased. I say that because of the answer the Lord gave Solomon.  If I may, let me inject here, the Lord personally came to answer Solomon's prayer.  Isn't that our hope, that every time we kneel and/or humble ourselves to pray, that the Lord hears us.  That our prayers are not just moving around in our heads, or floating around in the air somewhere  never to be heard by God?  The text cites that when the Lord appeared to Solomon He told him that He had heard his prayer!  Received it … listened to it … understood it … considered it … then stepped into Solomon's space to answer his prayer.  And, the Lord's answer was amazing!  He said to Solomon:  "I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place to myself for a house of sacrifice."

Can you see in our text, the need for God's people to be mindful that just because we build the building, furnish it, adorn it, dedicate it, and make our sacrifices for it, that unless the Lord approves and claims it as His, no matter how beautiful our church may be, it really is not His house.  The same as those who are considered as His people, the Lord calls us and/or chooses us, so not necessarily everyone who claims to belong to Him, does.  The Lord said in the text, if His people would discipline themselves in prayer .. take time to call on the Lord … to meditate and to contemplate with a sense of humility.  And if His people would seek His face, to pursue the Lord, and to search after Him … to strive  for Him and/or to try Him, in the ways that we live our lives.  And if His people would change their aim.  If they would set their sights on and concentrate on the things of the Lord.   If His people would change, be converted, transform, metamorphose from what we are into what we should be … He would forgive their sins, and heal their land.  Then He said my eyes shall be open and my ears attentive unto the prayers that you make in this Temple

This is my prayer that I pray for every Church that desires for it to be a place that the Lord will call His own.  I pray that no matter what the future holds, that you will know that God is in control of all things, at all times.  That as His people we are responsible in striving to make sure we are as we ought to be, and if we are not, that we are willing to change.  I pray that we will be a people, who know how to pray, and that we will learn to pray until we hear from Heaven.  Yes! even until the presence and the power of God steps into ever space opened unto Him, to answer our ever prayer, as He did with Solomon.  And, that as we go forward, that the Lord will choose to sanctify our churches as His own, in ways that we cannot anticipate.  I pray that the Lord will approve of what we do, from His House, and that He will consecrate each and every one of our ministries.  That He will approve our attempts to walk with Him and to serve Him, yes that our Lord will support our ever endeavor, blessing us from Church house to Church house, so that we in turn can be a blessing to others.


I pray the Lord, right now, (knowing He able to see all things) will keep His eyes wide open, and cause His ears to be attentive to our every prayer.  That He will sanctify our Churches so that His name will be in them forever, from generation to generation.  And, I pray that the Lord will find occasions to appear to each of us, in ways that cannot be misunderstood, to make our Church buildings and the regions of our hearts His home.  In the name of our Redeeming Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ, I do pray.  Amen.

Be Blessed!  Be a Blessing!

  Rev. Shirley D. Heermance













Be Inspired

Hebrews 10:25

Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering (for He is faithful that promised;)  And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another; and so much the more as ye see the day approaching.

To assemble: (of people) gather together in one place for a common purpose. 

Let Jesus be your reason to congregate in the church of your choice.