... 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 I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14
I pray this verse several days a week. Franklin Graham tours the United States and calls the people in each state to pray for our country on the state capitol steps. Look at that Missouri crowd.
He draws masses of people from every state. Christians want America back. He also has quoted this verse in the messages he writes for Facebook. Wherever I go someone quotes this.
Is it a coincidence that this verse constantly assaults us, or is the Lord telling us he plans to heal our land?
I had trouble originally. As a sinner how can I pray this verse? But the man who teaches Sunday School at Lawrence Heights Church, Joel Shigo (Grace Comes in Person) said "We have no guilt. Jesus covers our sins." He noted that 2 Chronicles 7:14 comes from the Old Testament. Jesus had not taken their sin. I know that. Why do I go around with head hung, feeling unworthy? If God expected perfect righteousness no one on this earth could pray. And he wants us to pray.
Guess what. I'm not a sinner and neither are you if you accepted Jesus' sacrifice. Are we saying Jesus didn't do enough?
Is it possible to write 2 Chronicles 7:14 in New Testament terms?
... if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and (accept my sacrifice for their sins), then I will hear from heaven, and I (have forgiven their sins) and will
heal their land.
A side note: Jesus didn't bother with politics. Herod beheaded John. At the birth of Jesus, Herod (sorry. My history is faulty--not sure if it is the same Herod) ordered the death of all Jewish first-born sons. He thought he could kill Jesus. Jesus didn't expect anything else. He paid his taxes and once he referred to Herod as "that old reprobate", but otherwise politics wasn't his business. I look at the next election and I get frightened. But healing our land may mean something other than politics. There's not a politician out there who isn't puny next to Jesus.
Okay, everyone. Surely you have strong opinions about this. Please leave them in the comments.
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Patricia Annalee Kirk