Will you take time before we gather at the Point Friday evening at 6:00 p.m. to carefully prepare your heart to seek the Lord? You may choose to use the following prayer guide based on 2 Chronicles 7:14. This Scripture contains the miraculous promise of the healing of our land. Consider the greatness of God’s promises to us. God’s promises to us are always far greater than the cost of our obedience, but we must forsake our sin and obey Him to fully experience Him and them. It is well worth our time to sit before the Lord and let Him show us our sins so that we can turn from them and fully to Him. Can we afford not to? Our individual futures and the future of our nation depend on it.
2 Chronicles 7:14 Prayer Guide
“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 will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14.
“If” – Ask the Lord to search your heart to see if you truly believe that the healing of the land lies with your (and the people of God’s) relationship with God. The Word says: “God is not a man that He should lie” Numbers 23:19. If we meet the conditions God sets before us, He will fulfill His promise. We either believe Him or we don’t. But, if we don’t, we cannot expect God to answer.
“My people who are called by My name.” - God has told us clearly in this passage that the responsibility for the healing of the nation lies with His people – it lies with you – and me. Ask the Lord to convince you of this if you are blaming others. Ask Him to convince all of His people so that we might be moved to repentance.
“Will humble themselves.” – One way of seeing ourselves rightly (humbling ourselves) especially in light God’s incredible greatness, is to take time to think carefully on His awesome majesty. Pray through Isaiah 6: 1-5 “ In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting on a throne high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!’ And the posts of the door were shaken by him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke. So I said: “Woe is me for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of Hosts.” Meditate on the holiness of our God. Praise His greatness. Speak out His attributes as you praise Him!
“And pray and seek My face” Prayer is first and foremost relationship with God. While He commands us to pray and invites us to bring our requests before Him, He desires that we seek Him – for Himself – with our whole hearts. Ask the Lord to show you if your love for Him has grown cold. Do you desire to be in His presence or do you come to Him most often with a list of your personal needs and desires? Are you just too busy to spend enough meaningful time with Him? He hears us out of our relationship with Him. He looks favorably upon the contrite heart. “But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.” Isaiah 66:2b. Be honest with God, if you are not seeking Him wholeheartedly for Himself, ask Him to show you the hindrances and how to deepen your love and bring you into a fuller relationship with Him.
“And turn from their wicked ways” – Obedience is the evidence of our love of God. Jesus said: “If you love Me, keep my commandments.” John 14:15. We are told to flee from sin because sin leads to death. The scriptures give us lists of sins from which we should turn. Take time to slowly and carefully read through the following passages considering if any of them are found in you.Romans 1: 29-31: They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless;” Galatians 5:19-21: “Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealously, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies and things like these. I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” and 2 Timothy 3: 2-5: For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness but denying its power.” Repent specifically of the sins of which you are convicted – one at a time. Sin begins in the heart and we are instructed to keep a guard on our hearts. In Mark 7:20-22 we are warned that “what comes out of a man, that defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, and evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.”
Ask the Lord to show you what is buried deep in your heart. His Word is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (See Hebrews 4:12-16) Your sins are not hidden from Him so let His Word penetrate the deep recesses of your heart where sin may lurk -that small bit of unforgiveness, those unkind thoughts or tiny spot of covetousness or jealously. What about pride? It’s subtle and deadly. Where has unbelief crept in? We tend to think of certain sins as small. But even what you consider the smallest of sins cost Christ His life. What about neglecting to do what is right when it is within your power? Take time here. Like David, ask the Lord to reveal your hidden sins that you may turn from them. Ask yourself; is that sin really worth forfeiting intimacy with God? Have courage, Jesus understands and has invited you to come boldly to the throne so that you may receive mercy and grace. Are you willing for your prayers to go unheard and to be lacking in power because you refuse to give up your sins?
“Then I will hear from heaven” – Once we have met the above conditions then we can be absolutely certain that He will hear us. We can be certain because He said so. If you have met the conditions and have repented of all that you know to repent of then take time now to settle the matter with God - that you DO believe that He has heard you!
“And will forgive their sin” – if WE will confess and repent with contrite hearts then He will forgive OUR sins. Of course God promises to forgive our individual sins if we sincerely confess and repent. In this prayer He promises to forgive the corporate sins of His people. When we come together to pray and seek His face this weekend we will bring our corporate sins before Him. We are in this together. Thank Him for forgiving your sin! Without His forgiveness we would all be presently and eternally doomed.
“And heal their land.” – Praise god for this incredible promise! Do you know that it will bring God glory to fulfill this promise in our land? “For all the promises of God in Him (Jesus Christ) are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.” 2 Corinthians 1:20. God deserves to be glorified and it is within our power – to the glory of God through us. We have only to earnestly humble ourselves and pray and seek His face and turn from our wicked ways.
Father, thank You for this great promise. Give us the courage to meet your conditions of prayer and repentance for the sake of our land, but more importantly for the sake of Your glory! In the name of Jesus in whom all Your promises are Yes. Amen!