2 Chronicles 7:14 If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
Our world is irretrievably broken. There are tragedies galore in the news daily. Murder, rape, robbery, theft, embezzlement, sexual sin, you name it. Today we learned that the mother of the youngest victim of the Aurora shooting lost the child she was carrying due to complications from her own injuries. Two children murdered at one event.
We live in a world where terrorist seem to rule – both in our land and in others. Prayer seems to be the only solace. But let’s look at this verse carefully.
He says “my people who are called by my name.” That means Christians must pray, must intercede for this nation — on their knees — incessantly. We cannot have the arrogant attitude that this state of affairs is the fault of those who are not Christian. It is up to us to pray without ceasing, humbly, on our knees.
But we must seek God’s face, not his munificent hand. We are not to ask for his intervention. We are to ask for him, to be closer to him, to see his face, to see him instead of the circumstances.
When we put him first, he will hear and heal the land. He said it. We can count on it.
Help us to put away our arrogant sense of entitlement. Grant us the humility to seek you and you alone in adversity. Keep us faithful in prayer for our land.
In Jesus’ most precious name.