The Prayer Promise

April 19, 2017 by Jack Graham

With headlines growing darker every day and the institutions forming the foundation of our society under attack, we live in a world that needs healing that can come from only one source, the source of all that is sacred and beautiful.

We must pray fervently, with all humility, putting our faith in God.

"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).

This passage, one close to my heart, gives us the reason to pray, how to pray, and what to pray.

The verse is directed to “my people” – God listens to the cries of His children. He tells us to humble ourselves because He alone is sovereign and we are His servants. And we must repent.

Then and only then, God tells us, He will forgive our sin and heal our land.

The healing begins at home, within our families. In Mark 3:25, we read that “if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.” Pray for your family and the families across the nation. Pray for revival!

In Philippians 4:8, Paul tells us to turn from the fallen world and look to God: “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

The world has so twisted our notions of good and bad, right and wrong, that our moral compasses no longer point to anything pure and honorable.

We live in a time when things once unthinkable are commonplace. I read the other day about a young teenage boy who balked at changing his clothes in the locker room in front of a girl who thinks of herself as a boy. When he complained to school officials, they told him to “tolerate” it and make it as “natural” as possible. Incredible!

Except for the Civil War period, I can’t think of a time when our nation was more in need of healing. Our country; is hurting and deeply wounded, the foundation of our society is under attack.

But for healing and restoration to 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. We must turn from our wicked ways.

Join me in praying for our nation, for our people, for revival in the Church. Then and only then can this great nation experience the spiritual awakening it so desperately needs.


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