“If my people, who are called by my name,
will humble themselves and pray and seek my face
and, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive
their sin and will heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)”
At the time I prepare this blog post, I look forward to a road trip to Indianapolis on Wednesday, October 5. A group of us from our church will journey down there to be an infinitely small part of the Franklin Graham Decision America tour on the lawn of the Indiana State House.
By Election Day, Franklin Graham will have traveled to each of the state capitols of our nation to hold a time of prayer for the upcoming election.
Here lately, I think of our focus verse when our nation faces a divisive issue or circumstance. It seems that every day we hear of unrest and confusion exhibited in one or more of our cities. We need to be on our knees before God. We need to search our hearts and learn what we are to do to combat the anxiety and tension that comes with life in this world.
We have certain key words and phrases in this verse that are important:
*My people: God claims you and me as His. He does not refer to us as “those people.”
*Called by my name: We all have family names in this world. We also carry a Spiritual family name with us, that of Christian.
*Humble themselves: When we go before the LORD, we have to remember that He is in control and that we are sinners saved by grace.
*pray and seek my face: We have to have sincere hearts to ask God for our needs and for those of our friends. We are to seek Him and truly pray for His guidance.
*turn from their wicked ways: God wants his people (us) to repent of our sins. He wants us to turn away from activities and attitudes of which He does not approve. He wants us to fully belong to Him.
*then will I hear from heaven: God says this. When we pray and seek Him, He rewards us by hearing our prayers.
*will forgive their sin: When we admit our sins and seek to eradicate the not so lovely traits from our lives and our minds God deems us worthy.
*will heal their land: I believe we all want our world to be at peace. We are weary of the stories we see on the newscasts .People should not be taking their frustrations on others. In order for God to heal our land(s), we should obey God and learn to approach Him and give Him our emotions and the problems that concern us.