“If my people, which are called by my name, shall 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” (II Chronicles 7:14).
Some of the most effective verses and messages are those which convict and push us to improve, to try harder, and to do more. This verse is one of those convicting ones, yet with such great promise for all.
Prayers of repentance, for commission or omission, are important. Even if their actions have caused problems, if God’s people will pray, He will hear, forgive, and heal.
- Prayer makes us more sensitive to the voice of God and to the needs of others.
Years ago, one of my sisters had a “last straw” moment in her life. She was overloaded and overtired with daily struggles and felt she might “break.” She pulled up to her house one particularly difficult morning and was very surprised to find dad and mom, who lived eight hours away, waiting for her. Her heart was touched when dad told her the night before the Lord had prompted them to get to her, that she was in a difficult time. They prayed with her, and the situation changed.
- Prayer makes it possible to pass faith on.
Timothy’s mother, Eunice, and his grandmother, Lois, obviously prayed for him. His unfeigned (genuine) faith was evident and memorable to others. Paul noticed it first in Lois, then Eunice, and then Timothy. (IITimothy1:5)
- Prayer must be persistent.
My precious parents prayed with and for all six children. They never gave up, and many miracles resulted. Though physically weak at eighty-seven, mom reminds me she prays for us daily. When she lays her soft hand on us to pray, oh, the strength and power I feel. “Pray without ceasing” (IThessalonians 5:17). We cannot stop. Our children and families are worth everyprayer.
Lord, today Your People are praying. Hear our cry. Forgive. Heal our land. Hear our cry for all the children – those of loved ones, those without a home, those who havebelieved and stayed, those who have believed and strayed, those who have never heard. May they all humble themselves and pray.
We, as His people, will pray!
Von de Leigh Robinson and her husband, Rick, are in a labor of love for the Lord in Turkey (a “new-again” field), to spread the Good News. Based in Istanbul (ancient Bithynia), she spends time learning, translating, meeting, sharing, Word studies, English clubs – always looking for open doors. Knowing from experience that music about the Lord is an effective encourager, testimony, and witness, she uses her musical talents as a door opener.