Are you concerned about the direction this country is headed? I am very concerned. In times past, I would start to pray about the condition of this nation, and then would think, “What good will my prayers do? Things are just going to get worse anyway.” But for some reason, one morning I woke up with the following scripture in my head from II Chronicles 7:14: “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.” I thought, “That is the Word of God, and if He said it, then change is possible.” However, the question is, how will we get back to being a Christian nation? How will the rebirth of the original vision that our forefathers held in the beginning come to pass? The answer is in II Chronicles 7:14 which states that the land can be healed, but several things must take place for God to hear, forgive His people, and heal our land, the United States of America:
- “If my people who are called by my name…” The emphasis is on “MY people.” We are God’s people. We must see ourselves as a community of believers, the Army of God. We must come together and unify because where there is unity, the blessing is commanded (Psalm 133:1-3). We must mobilize and stop letting Satan use our petty denominational differences to divide us.
- “…Shall humble themselves…” indicates that humility is a necessity if the turnaround of this nation is to take place. We as God’s people must humble ourselves. We must totally depend on the Living God for everything because He is truly our source of supply. His grace is what will enable us to act in ways that will help to move this country toward her manifest destiny and restore us as “the beacon on the top of a hill” (Matthew 5:14) in this world.
- “…Pray and seek my face…” We must pray and seek God’s face. Intercession is a must. Prayer, however, is not enough. When we think about the phrase, “seek the face of God,” that indicates fasting is in order. As Jesus said, some things only come out by prayer and fasting. The condition of our country is such that we must fast and pray regularly and corporately if we want to see change take place.
- “…Turn from their wicked ways…” This indicates that known sin in our lives must be dealt with. Secret sins must be confessed and repentance must follow. Little compromises must be taken seriously and eliminated. The Bible says that judgment begins in the house of God (I Peter 4:17). If the rest of the nation has any hope for change, we as the people of God have to get our house in order. That’s another reason why fasting and prayer are so important.
God Himself says if we will do the things stated above, He WILL heal our land. That indicates total turnaround is indeed possible, but the body of Christ has got to believe it! Therefore, let’s take God at His Word. He says that if we will do what He commands, He will heal our land. Let’s humble ourselves and entreat the help of God in all areas of our lives. Let’s go to a new level in our walk with the Master and make it a priority to be our best for Christ.That means that the turnaround of this nation depends on each one of us as Kingdom individuals. It’s our responsibility to do what is necessary to fulfill the call to action in II Chronicles 7:14. The course of our nation’s destiny depends on it.
What are your thoughts about how our country has strayed from Christian principles? Please leave a comment below.
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