Prayerdemic Prayers – Healing is Not Cancelled

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 don’t 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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Previous week’s prayers:

Help is Not Cancelled

Holiness is Not Cancelled

Hope is Not Cancelled

 

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14 Comments

  1. Karen Casassa on August 21, 2020 at 2:38 am

    Amazing and appropriate hope-filled Scriptures compiled for us (thank you, Penny!) and a beautiful, well-worded prayer for our personal healing and healing in our land. I prayed with you and loved this one! ✝️



  2. Karen on August 21, 2020 at 11:48 am

    perfect words…….. get my thoughts on straight!



  3. Pat Wilson on August 21, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    This is the Lord’s doing and it is marvelous in my sight”…..I was reading II Chronicles 7:14 last night as part of my evening meditation and then your posting popped up this am…..beautiful! ….I had a notation written by me by this verse:
    “Sometimes we get the order all wrong…..we pray before we humble ourselves…..we seek His face before we turn from our wicked ways……………help us to remember YOUR order Lord…..Humble yourselves/Pray/Seek My Face/Turn from your wicked ways………….had a good time of meditation on that…………

    I am Helen Morris’ mom……..and was a member of FBJB when Gary Townsend and then Paul Thompson were there…….blessings! Hope to see more of your posts!!!



  4. Penny Cooke on August 21, 2020 at 4:06 pm

    Hi Pat, I remembered who you are! Thank you so much for commenting and sharing what you have written by that verse, that we get the order all wrong – wow, so true! I will now meditate and chew on that for a while! 😉 Thanks again and blessings to you.
    (P.S. Can’t rely on FB to see posts, so if you’d like to get these prayers in your email, you can sign up on my website http://www.pennycookeauthor.com – scroll down to where you see ‘sign up.’)



  5. Penny Cooke on August 21, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    Thanks, Karen. We all need prayer to get our thoughts on straight 😉



  6. Penny Cooke on August 21, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    Oh, I love it when we can pray “together!” Thanks, Karen. xo



  7. Harry on August 21, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    Very nice writing i thought it was spot on.
    It has been the best 46 years of my life being married to you. I love you more than you know .



  8. Penny Cooke on August 22, 2020 at 10:44 pm

    Through the years
    When everything went wrong
    Together we were strong
    I know that I belong right here with you
    Through the years
    I never had a doubt (well, maybe a few for a while there)
    We’d always work things out
    I’ve learned what life’s about
    By loving you
    Through the years.
    xoxo



  9. Bonnie carl on August 23, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    Wonderful words to ponder Penny! A reminder that as Christians we need to be obedient as we wait for Gods healing! Great scripture references! Love you! Bonnie



  10. Martha Re on August 23, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    What sweet words between you two, Penny and Harry! Love this. ❤️👍



  11. Penny Cooke on August 24, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    Thanks Bonnie. Yes, obedient. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, and be constant in prayer (Romans 12:12). Love you too!



  12. Penny Cooke on August 24, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    Thanks Martha. Didn’t mean to get all sappy. lol.



  13. Jeanne on September 7, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    Thank you for sharing this. It’s so good to see God work in our lives in ways we often least expect. Our nation is hurting, We need more reminders of the importance of turning our lives to God and praying for His mercy.
    Pray Pray Pray
    Jeanne/Inspiring Souls



  14. Penny Cooke on September 8, 2020 at 5:44 pm

    Yes, Jeanne, pray pray pray – and for His mercy. And as you said, we’ll see God work things out in ways we least expect. He is able! Thanks for your thoughts.



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