And My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

We don’t have to look far to realize that we are living in contentious, divisive times. Believers and nonbelievers alike are staking their claim in any number of camps. Many identify most notably by who or what they are against. We are quick to point out the faults of those who think or act differently than we do. We are slow to recognize the faults in our own hearts.

But it doesn’t have to stay this way for followers of Christ. Just as God called the people of Israel to humble themselves before their God, so the call remains for Christians today. He is our God, and we are His people. That means that when we call on Him, He hears us (Heb. 4:16). It is never too late to repent. It is never too late to fall on our face before God and cry out for His help. It is never too late to seek Him where He can be found. These words were spoken to Solomon after he had finished building the temple of God. As Solomon dedicated the sacred space, God affirmed that He heard Solomon’s prayers. He reminded the king that whenever His people cried out to Him with sincere hearts, He would not turn a deaf ear.

With the instability and uncertainty of this year, it has been tempting to look to any number of people or things to find hope. Many are grasping at straws for anything and everything to help them feel more secure. Perhaps we, like Israel, need to fall on our faces and recognize the ways we have neglected to put our hope in the only one who matters. We have a Father in heaven who not only hears our prayers but responds to our repentance with forgiveness.

• How are you tempted to look to other people or things for hope? What else have you been seeking instead of God’s face?

• Where do you need to seek God’s face in prayer? What do you need in this season that only Jesus can provide? Who do you need to leverage your prayers for?

• Take some time in prayer to remember that you are God’s child, and He is your Father. Remember that everything we truly need comes from Him alone. Repent of the ways you have looked for hope elsewhere. Ask Him to lift your head to fix your eyes on Him.