Spiritual and Physical Healing
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 heal their land.”
– 2 Chronicles 7:13-14
My job in the Air Force caused me to move numerous times. Regardless of where I might have been assigned, it usually wasn’t very long before the Lord directed me to a group of men who were faithfully coming together for Bible study, prayer, and fellowship. Without exception, one of the prayer requests would be for a “spiritual awaking” in our country. Quite often, someone would refer to this passage from 2 Chronicles.
There have been several articles published recently about well-known Christians announcing they no longer believed in God. It can be difficult to understand how someone who once acknowledged and accepted that Jesus died for their sins could suddenly no longer believe in the One who saved them. But, a thousand years before Christ, that is exactly what God’s chosen people had done. They had become more like the pagan nations that surrounded them than God’s chosen.
During the dedication of the temple, Solomon asked God to make provisions for the people when they sinned. After a period of time had passed, God would answer Solomon’s prayer for the nation if they first met four conditions: (1) Humble themselves by admitting their sins, (2) pray to God asking for forgiveness, (3) seek God continually, and (4) turn from their sinful behavior.
How often do we look for immediate answers to our prayers and, when nothing happens, wonder if God has heard us? I hope that anyone who might be reading this devotion would never doubt that God does hear our prayers. But we must trust in Him knowing He will answer our prayers at the proper time.
True repentance is more than talk—it is changed behavior. Whether we sin individually, as a group, or as a nation, following these steps will lead to forgiveness. God will answer our earnest prayers too. I am still praying for a “spiritual awaking” across this great land. How about joining me!
Almighty God, you have given us this land as our heritage. We humbly pray that we may always remember your generosity and faithfully do Your will. Bless this land with honest industry, truthful education, and honorable ways of life. Defend our liberties and strengthen the resolve of the people who have come from throughout the world to make America their home. Lead us to choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong. Help us to appreciate the opportunities that are ours as we struggle to bring harmony to an unsettled world. O Lord, we pray for Your guidance as we work together for the interest of our nation and for our world. When times are prosperous, let our hearts be thankful. And in troubled times, may our deepest trust be in you. Amen!
First Baptist Broken Arrow