Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)
Have you ever heard someone say, “that’s not my job?” Lately there’s been a picture going around Facebook of a solid white road line that had been painted. Instead of moving a tree branch that was in the way, the worker painted around it; leaving a solid line, a big indentation into the road around the branch and then back to the solid white line. The epitome of “that’s not my job!”
Since the inception of our society we are quick to pass the buck. Adam blames God and Eve. “This woman you gave me made me do it.” Eve blamed the snake and we’ve been passing blame ever since. We don’t like to take responsibility for our actions or inactions. It’s not my job.
In the verse above it specifically says whose job it is to bring healing to our land. “If my people called by my name..”. Do you feel like this nation and even the world is spiraling out of control? Is evil prevailing? Guess what? It’s in our hands as Christians called by God to change that. We must return to prayer. We must repent. We must get humbled before God.
Whoa,wait a minute! What about all the sinners; the people pushing their agenda? God didn’t say if sinners will pray, he said if my people called by my name. In the Old Testament that was Israel, but in the New Testament they were given the name Christians (Acts 11:26). Do you consider yourself a Christian? Then this means you. We have the power to heal our land; to bring it back to Christ, but we must stop blaming everyone else and let it start in us.
We have to stop blaming the government, our president, our neighbor, our pastor and friends. We have to go against our natural inclination and humble ourselves, seek the face of God and repent. We must pray like never before. It’s time for the people of God to unite in prayer and humility for the healing of this great nation that God has given us. That’s our job!
Father, I pray you would begin to awaken your people. May we unite and pray. May we humbly seek your face for our nation and land. Help us to stop being so quick to judge others and their contribution to our downfall and be quick to hit our knees and seek your face. Oh God we desperately need you.