“If they sin against you—for there is no one who does not sin—and you are angry with them and give them to an enemy, so that they are carried away captive to a land far or near, yet if they turn their heart in the land to which they have been carried captive, and repent and plead with you in the land of their captivity, saying, ‘We have sinned and have acted perversely and wickedly,’ if they repent with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their captivity to which they were carried captive, and pray toward their land, which you gave to their fathers, the city that you have chosen and the house that I have built for your name, then hear from heaven your dwelling place their prayer and their pleas, and maintain their cause and forgive your people who have sinned against you. Now, O my God, let your eyes be open and your ears attentive to the prayer of this place.
—2 Chronicles 6:36-40
by: Paula Davis.
Have you ever felt that you were in captivity because of a struggle or lack of forgiveness? Have you felt separated from God in situations where it is difficult to understand how God is going to bring something good out of a tough situation? God is waiting for us in those times. He knows our hearts and while He will not always take away difficult times, He does promise forgiveness when we repent and comfort when we turn to Him. God desires to bring us out of our captivity and back into fellowship with Him.