This morning I want to share with you something that the Lord has convicted me of.
In the beginning of the Covid-19 outbreak, I did join with some of my sisters in Christ to pray for our nation. But, I will confess that I moved away from that and have not done it in a long time. I got busy with my move and life here in Eugene, Oregon, and have just forgotten to do it. The Lord has convicted me of that this morning, so I am publicly committing myself to do that.
The Lord led me to 2 Chronicles 7:13-14. I’ll share those verses here although I know many of you are very familiar with them. I’m writing from the CSB version.
“…if I send pestilence on my people, and my people who bear my name humble themselves, pray and seek my face, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.”
Here is what the Lord said to me from these verses:
- I am to humble myself. That will probably look different for each of us. But it says that I am to humble myself. For me, this morning it was to admit that I have forgotten to pray, and I have been depending on my own actions to keep myself safe. As we have across our nation, and we are seeing that despite our good and best efforts, the death toll is still rising, and the virus is still spreading and mutating. And despite good efforts, there is not enough vaccine even for those who want it, and there is chaos in the distribution of it. Man’s efforts are not enough, and we need to humble ourselves to admit that.
- I am to pray and seek God. (not the President, not the CDC, not the governor, not the local Health authorities, but God and God alone) This is about me and my relationship with God.
- I am to turn from my evil ways. I will be spending time today and the days to follow with God learning about what I need to turn from. However, what I did see in this is that again, it is about me and my relationship with God. It does not tell me to pray first for my neighbor or friend to turn from their evil ways, or to pray for them only. I am to first confess my own sins to God. In addition, I do want to add here what I shared last week, that we are to pray for our nation and for its leaders (1 Tim. 2:1-2), but I do not see that in this passage in Chronicles. This is about me getting right with my God first of all. I will share below a quote from Tony Evans that got me started down this road yesterday.
Would you join me in prayer, using 2 Chronicles 7:14 as our first guide? And then move on to 1 Timothy 2:1-4 to pray for our nation? In addition, I have so often included Col. 4: 3-4 in my requests for prayer, and I think it would be appropriate for us to pray now, as well.
I will write out all of those passages here in case it will make it easier for us to pray:
“…if I send pestilence on my people, and my people who bear my name humble themselves, pray and seek my face, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:13-14
” First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good, and it pleases God, our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:1-4
“At the same time, pray also for us that God may open a door to us for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains, so that I may make it known as I should.” Colossians 4:3-4
If you will join me in prayer for the healing of our nation and world, would you leave a comment so that I and all of you will be encouraged and know that we are praying together for this common cause?
God bless you! To Him be the glory!!