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6 days till the National Day of Prayer: Pray For Our Military and their Families
By | April 29, 2016
And he set combat commanders over the people and gathered them together to him in the square at the gate of the city and spoke encouragingly to them, saying, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or dismayed before the king of Assyria and all the horde that is with him, for there are more with us than with him. With him is an arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God, to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people took confidence from the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.
2nd Chronicles 32:6-8 (ESV)
As you can clearly see in this passage, Hezekiah is offering his army a battle cry of encouragement. His men were tired, have walked and worked tirelessly for their king and for their land. He encourages them to continue in strength and courage and to cast away the fear of men. He reminds them that the Lord is with them, to help them and fight with them.
The Assyrian army may have countless men, but that means nothing against the might of the Lord. From this battle cry, Hezekiah raises his people back up, fills them with confidence in God, and gives them hope. If you notice, Hezekiah could have been making plans of preparation, making plans of attack, but instead he leads by relying on the strength of God.
When in war or serving a post, it can sometimes be easy to lose faith, feel drained, and simply get discouraged. That is why encouragement and prayer for our men and women in the military is so crucial. Just like the warriors in Hezekiah’s army, our men and women serving our nation...
If my people who are called by my name 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 (ESV)
The passage above, one so close to my heart, encapsulates the reason to pray, how to pray, and what to pray.
Notice, the verse is directed to "my people;" God, our Heavenly Father, surely listens to the cries of His children.
Our Lord then asks us to humble ourselves before him. He is our sovereign; we are his servants.
Almighty God then commands us to pray, seek Him, and repent from our sinful selves. Then, there is the wonderful promise, that if we do those things, then we will be forgiven and He will heal our land.
Absent the Civil War, I know of no other time when our nation needs more healing than now. Our beloved nation is hurting and deeply wounded. The institutions that are the foundation of our society are under attack. Over the next seven days, I urge you to continue with these devotions and pray with me for these institutions—families, educators, media and entertainment, the military, businesses and workers, churches, and our government.
However, before healing and restoration can occur, it must start with those of us who call ourselves by His name. We must humble ourselves. We must pray and seek His will, not our own. We must turn from our wicked ways. We must end complacency in our churches. Then and only then can this great nation experience the spiritual awakening which it so desperately needs.