This Thursday is the National Day of Prayer. Do you lead your people into participation in this observation each year? As we look around our nation and our world and see heartbreak, devastation, suffering, and evil on the rise, is there anything we Christians can do that would be more powerful and effective as prayer? If you are not making this a priority for yourself and your congregation, I would strongly urge you to do so. And a great place to start would be to participate in your community’s events associated with the National Day of Prayer. Click here for more information.
The prayer that we all turn to at this time of year is found in 2 Chronicles 7:14 and concerns the dedication of the temple. Solomon had prayed a beautiful prayer in 2 Chronicles 6:14-40, and the Lord responded by filling the temple with His glory. He also made a promise: “My eyes and my heart will always be there” (2 Chronicles 7:16). This promise was a follow-up to a directive He had given Solomon and the people to call on His name, humble themselves, pray, seek His face, and repent. Those were the conditions for the healing of the land and forgiveness. In other words, God said, “It’s up to you.”
If we want the Lord to send revival, we need to practice what we pray. As Christians, stop fighting each other. As pastors, seek to rid congregations of sin within the leadership. Be humble. Realize that, without God, we are really nothing. Repent of pride, selfishness, and arrogance. Ask Him what He wants for us. Sometimes, rather than just pray 2 Chronicles 7:14, we need to put it into practice and just be obedient. Don’t ever stop praying!
“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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).
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