Perhaps the most-often quoted Bible verse these days is 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 (NKJV). But have we truly done what it says?
Have we truly repented? Do we seek God with all our heart (Jeremiah 29:13) and love Him with all our heart, soul and mind (Matthew 22:37)? When we look around, we could think things are racing in the opposite direction. Do you ever wonder if things have deteriorated too far and we’re in way too deep, whether looking at our country or something in your own life ? How could it ever get better?
Years ago, we were having problems in our marriage. It had gotten so complicated I couldn’t imagine how it would ever be fixed. But you know what? I prayed my heart out, and God healed our marriage. Those things I couldn’t see how they could ever change did change. It took some time and pain, but somehow, by the grace of God, our relationship began to heal.
God is the God of the impossible. He is the God of grace and mercy. He is the God of healing and restoration.
Are you losing heart? As you look at the “signs of the times,” do you feel there’s no hope other than Jesus coming back to take us all out of here? It’s easy to feel this way, and it may be so. But who knows what the Lord will do, or when? Jonah 3:8-9 says, “Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence. Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish.”
God has not changed the Bible. Second Chronicles 7:14 still stands. We still have work to do on this earth as long as there is breath in our lungs, and every fruitful work begins with prayer. His healing has not been cancelled. Jesus said, “Always pray and do not lose heart.” Luke 18:1
So I’m not giving up. How about you? Will you pray this scriptural prayer with me? Let’s pray our heart out for healing for our lives and our country. Even if the Lord does come in our time, I don’t mind being found praying, do you?
“Come, let us return to the Lord;
for he has torn us, that he may heal us;
he has struck us down, and he will bind us up. Hosea 6:1 ESV
Heavenly Father, You are the God of the impossible (Matthew 19:26). You make all things new (Revelation 21:5). You are able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). But we have sinned against You and done that which is evil in Your sight so that You are justified in Your judgment against us (Psalm 51:4). We have allowed sin to grow in our land like a plague. Have mercy on us and heal us, Lord (Psalm 41:4). Help us to no longer be conformed to the pattern of the world (Romans 12:2). Send out Your word and heal us, and deliver us from our destruction (Psalm 107:20).
We ask for You to show us individually and collectively what we need to repent of, and that You would forgive our sins and heal the virus (Psalm 103:3). Lord, we ask for You to open eyes to see and believe (Acts 26:18); we pray for all believers to seek You with all their heart (Jeremiah 29:13), and to love You with all their heart, soul and strength (Matthew 22:37). Lord, we also pray for our enemies, that they would know the error of their ways and come to know and follow You (Matthew 5:44-45)
Father, we need You! Listen to our prayer; please listen and answer, for our nation is overwhelmed with troubles. Confuse those who bring trouble on us, Lord, and frustrate their plans, for there is violence and conflict in our cities; threats and cheating are rampant in the streets. Evil makes its home with them. But we will call on You, God, to rescue us. Hear us as we cry out in our distress. Keep us safe, Lord, from the battle waged against us by those who oppose us. We are trusting You to save us. (Psalm 55:1-3,9,11,16-18,23).
In Jesus’ mighty name, Amen.
“If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you.” Exodus 15:26 NKJV
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