Terry R. Baughman
“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 I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV).
For the people who will humble themselves and repent God has promised a sure response. He said, “I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” The impact of that promise is vast, personal forgiveness of sins, and the restoration and healing of the land. Both are desperately needed in this generation.
The Prophet Isaiah declared, “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear” (Isaiah 59:2). Sin builds a barrier and creates a divide from the presence of God. It is only when the chasm is spanned and the barrier is scaled that we can be reunited with Him through the spirit of brokenness and the powerful provision of prayer. In the preface to this passage the prophet proclaimed, “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear” (Isaiah 59:1). God is willing and able to hear and to save if we will forsake sins and call on His name.
Have no fear when you pray. Hold on to the promise of His provision. In faith and confidence approach the only one who can forgive sins. “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).
Our land is broken. The grip of sin is severe and the physical and environmental devastation impacts the lives of our population. Masses are mired in the quagmire of transgression. The natural order has been violated and the judgment of righteousness cries out for vindication. We need God in our lives and in our nation again.
The political landscape has never been so fractured. Sides are draw and hate-filled speeches fill the airwaves from all sides. The candidates have made a multitude of promises they will never be able to accomplish. If our hope was in the political system we would surely be in despair.
We may be downcast, but we are not destroyed. Our hope is only in God. He is supreme and the only one who can truly turn our nation around. God is listening. God is ready. Our hope is in the text, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray …”
The load of responsibility rests upon each of us. It’s time for us to draw near to God and intercede for those who do not know Him. We must stand in the gap and pray the prayers that others don’t even know they need to pray. As Daniel prayed for Jerusalem, let us pray for our nation now, “We have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled; we have turned away from your commands and laws. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy. Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! Lord, hear and act!” (Daniel 9:5; 18-19 NIV).
“Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners shall be converted to You.” (Psalm 51:12-13).