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“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land.” II Chron. 7:14 NLT
Most of us are familiar with this verse. However, I don’t think most of us take it to heart.
We moan and complain about how bad things are in our world and churches today, but very little changes. Why?
Could it be that we, the Church, fail to humble ourselves and pray over our nation and churches? Could it be that we don’t seek the Lord like we should be doing? Could it be that we are reluctant to turn away from sin and follow the Lord? I believe that it is true, that we are guilty on all counts.
We like our Savior, but we don’t like Him to be our Lord. We want to be saved from our sins, but we don’t want to forsake our sins. We become proud of who we are in Christ. We don’t make prayer an essential part of who we are in Christ. We don’t take the time to genuinely seek the Lord as we need to.
The promise is true. The Lord will do what He has promised to do. Individually, collectively as a Church, and as a nation, we will be forgiven and healed if we do our part. The Lord will never turn a deaf ear to the heart sincerely crying out for forgiveness and mercy.
Sincere forgiveness results in serious change. We need to stop doing what we have been doing and let Jesus be Lord of our lives. Our thought lives are changed, the desires of our hearts change, and how we live changes. Anything less is making a mockery of our salvation.
Let us be a people who live by the Word of God. Let us be the beginning of a fresh revival that sweeps over our churches and nations. If we don’t do it, who will? Who will stand in the gap before God if we don’t? Who will pray for your church, if you don’t? Who will pray for your neighbors if you don’t?
May the Lord drive us to our knees in humility and brokenness. May we seek His face and turn from our wicked ways that we may be forgiven and healed.