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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
I am by all definitions a 'Conservative,' politically, socially, theologically, and personally. As I observe what is happening to this great nation of ours - as Ronald Reagan called it - 'A City on a Hill' the last, best hope of mankind, I see on the horizon a dismal future for this once God fearing country. With a President that promises 'Hope and Change' we are seeing that that hope is to change America into Amerika and to 'remake' it into some socialistic utopia. Didn't we fight one World War and a Cold War to defeat this menace and now we've elected an autocrat to the White House (no pun intended since he bought GM).
From cap and tax, to buy outs and TARP and Socialized Health Care - Trillions upon trillions of Dollars with no sanity in sight - I am reminded that I am a pilgrim here, my citizenship is in heaven - my King rules. I am reminded that I am waiting for the New Jerusalem, the New Heaven and New Earth and I am equally nudged by my soul back to 2 Chronicles 7:14.
Our hope in this country isn't vested in a political party or movement. It is totally dependent upon a Spiritual Movement - a Revival!! Look at the promise found in those words - true Hope and Change..
1. If my people who are called by my name..
God refocuses our attention to the fact that we are HIS People - not Americans - Christians.
We bear His name..
2. Will humble themselves -
We must understand who we are in the scheme of things - HE is the mover and shaker -
we are the vessels He fills to do His will...we prostrate ourselves before Him seeking His will
and doing things His way..
3. And Pray -
This means to supplicate - to pray on behalf of others
4. And seek my face -
When Moses sought the Lord on Sinai it so transformed him that the people made him wear a veil over his face because they couldn't handle the glory of God that was reflected by him. When we get close to God we become like Him - we reflect Him - we are mirrors of His glory. When God's people get face to face with Him - Revival will come!
5. Then I will hear from heaven -
Hearing means responding - God acts! When we set our hearts, our minds, our eyes our thoughts on Him - then we are transformed - then God can use us as vessels fit for His service!
6. I will forgive their sins -
God makes everything new - he wipes the slate clean!
7. And I WILL HEAL THEIR LAND
God is our only hope for real change. Change starts with every believer devoting themselves to being ready for revival.
We can't make revival happen - we can't chant our way into it - we can't fast our way into it. Revival is God's work we must simply prepare ourselves for it.
Like a old Sailing Ship whose sails are hoisted and ready to catch the wind. God is the wind - are you ready to catch it?