If my people will pray
14 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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
Yesterday, May 6, was the National Day of Prayer in the United States. I had sent emails to two of the Sunday School classes in our church to ask for participation in the events on the steps of our state Capitol building. Four of us attended the services, which sounds pretty pitiful until I tell you that there were probably not more than thirty-five people in attendance at the noontime service. We are in the Bible belt, and less than fifty people came to pray for our nation, for our churches, for our leaders, for our schools, for our businesses, and for the media.
What has happened in our churches and in our country? Do people see what is occurring both in America and abroad?
I have noticed a dearth of prayer in my own church for quite some time, and am convinced that the root of the problem is in the breakdown of the family. What we are seeing in our churches and in our land is a mere reflection of what is occurring in our homes. Our families are not praying the way we used to, or the way we need to, and because we have turned from our first love a deep and abiding apathy seems to have infected our lives. Will it take another 9/11 to send us to our knees or are we too far gone for even another national tragedy to drive us to repentance.
2 Chronicles 7:14 is not a suggestion, it is an offer of restoration made to us by the one true and living God. We can heed His call and be saved, or we can continue to turn away and suffer the consequences. The choice is yours. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. (Josh 24:15)