AND WILL FORGIVE THEIR SIN AND HEAL THEIR LAND
If we have been praying this week according to the mandate given in II Chronicles 7:14, and if it is our hope to continue praying with some consistency and fervour, then we can expect to see miracles, small and large, in ourselves, our families and our church. Through faithfulness in believing prayer we will see miracles in our communities, in our nation; even in our world. We will experience sins forgiven and hear of paths re-directed. We will know that you are healing our needy churches and our troubled nation.
We are commanded to pray for, rather than grumble about, our leaders. (I Timothy 2:2) Good government in the church and in the land is according to God’s will and so we must pray, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Luke 11:2)
I have been re-reading Derek Prince’s book, “Shaping History Through Prayer and Fasting.” He makes some, what nominal Christians might consider to be, outrageous statements about what God has done and can do through the fasting and prayers of His people. He recounts portions of scripture, such as the book of Jonah, which tell of the surprising repentance and conversion of that great but unlikely city of Nineveh. He gives personal testimonies from World War II where he saw, in North Africa, prayer, fasting and godly leadership turn back the Nazi armies. Prince was there at the founding of the State of Israel when 650,000 Jews were surrounded by fifty million Arabs bent on destroying the little nation before it could be born. Because of the promises of God and the faithful prayers of His people the nation has survived. Israel’s first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion declared, “Anyone who doesn’t believe in miracles is not a realist.”
After this Week of Guided Prayer, we will continue to pray for faith to believe that God is quietly doing great things in the church, in the lives of her people, in the courts and governing bodies of our land. Fasting also may become part of our prayer life, for fasting sharpens our spiritual senses and gives us a greater sense of the will of God. Thus we can pray more accurately according to His will.
Let the world think what it will; there is a God and He has not abandoned His world. We believe and we pray, and we accept the scorn of this world and perhaps persecution for doing so. But we have a destiny (and we catch glimpses of it now from our knees) which is a glorious meeting with those who have gone before us who have walked in faith. We will meet with Jesus Himself, our great High Priest, who has loved us with a steadfast love and continuously prays for us on our pilgrimage to heaven. See Hebrews 7:25.
Question: What changes have I noticed in my life since beginning this week of prayer?
Prayer: Dear Jesus, you died that we might be forgiven. Soften our hearts to receive and also share all the blessings you offer through a relationship with you, and heal our land.