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Pastor’s Letter, July« Back to Letters
How to pray for a nation: After dedicating the spectacular Temple in a prayerful fashion, later that night the Lord appeared to Solomon to tell him that his prayers had been heard. As part of the reassuring message, the Lord told him, in 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 will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” IF we will meet the four conditions God lays down in this verse, then He’ll deliver on the three promises made: (1) Humble ourselves: If we ever feel like we don’t need God in any area of our lives, then we have become proud against God. Prayerlessness is a great boast against God; so regular prayer is an act of humility, because it demonstrates the recognition of one’s need of God. (2) Pray: Praying is more than just asking God for things. Prayer is communication; and communication involves both listening and talking. In prayer, it’s helpful to begin with the greatness of God and then focus on our needs. (3) Seek God’s face: The idea of seeking implies a desire for something of great value. When we seek something of value we rearrange our schedule and priorities until we find what we are searching for. When we seek something, we are persistent. Seeking God means getting our will in line with His will; it means rearranging our priorities so we can come into His presence more regularly. (4) Turn from our wicked ways: The true test of Biblical repentance is to turn away from sin and turn more fully toward God. We need to pray for ourselves and intercede on behalf of our nation.
THEN, God says, He will HEAR, He will FORGIVE, He will HEAL OUR LAND.