Our Nation: Day Fourteen

JANUARY 17TH, 2021      |    Chapter 7 of 2 Chronicles begins like this, “When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple.” (2 Chron 7:1) Wait, what? Fire came down from heaven and the glory of the Lord filled the temple? In fact, the glory of the Lord so filled the house the priests could not even enter! I want to pray like that! I want to pray prayers that are powerful and effective for myself, my family, my church and my country. As we read further into the story, we can see that there is something that proceeds prayers like that. Read 2 Chronicles 2:12-15 a few more times and take note of what you see and hear. God clearly promises to hear, forgive and heal – and we love that part. But what is our part in this equation? That is clear as well. God asks us to humble ourselves, pray, seek His face and turn from our wicked ways. To “turn” from our ways is to repent. Repentance is waning in popularity in our culture, but it is still very much a part of God’s plan for us individually and corporately. Repentance is more than being sorry for a thing; it is a summons to a personal, absolute and unconditional surrender to God as Sovereign. In repenting, one makes a complete change of direction (180-degree turn) toward God and away from sin. Let’s ask God for a repentant heart over our personal sin, but let’s also pray that we will repent as a nation. Let us follow Daniel’s example (Daniel 9) where he confesses on behalf of all the people – it is a prayer of corporate confession. Maybe before we ask God to bless America, we should ask Him to “break” America.

Our Nation: Day Fourteen

2 Chronicles 7:12-15

2 Chronicles 7:12-15

Chapter 7 of 2 Chronicles begins like this, “When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple.” (2 Chron 7:1) Wait, what? Fire came down from heaven and the glory of the Lord filled the temple?

In fact, the glory of the Lord so filled the house the priests could not even enter! I want to pray like that! I want to pray prayers that are powerful and effective for myself, my family, my church and my country. As we read further into the story, we can see that there is something that proceeds prayers like that. Read 2 Chronicles 2:12-15 a few more times and take note of what you see and hear.

God clearly promises to hear, forgive and heal – and we love that part. But what is our part in this equation? That is clear as well. God asks us to humble ourselves, pray, seek His face and turn from our wicked ways. To “turn” from our ways is to repent. Repentance is waning in popularity in our culture, but it is still very much a part of God’s plan for us individually and corporately.

Repentance is more than being sorry for a thing; it is a summons to a personal, absolute and unconditional surrender to God as Sovereign. In repenting, one makes a complete change of direction (180-degree turn) toward God and away from sin. Let’s ask God for a repentant heart over our personal sin, but let’s also pray that we will repent as a nation. Let us follow Daniel’s example (Daniel 9) where he confesses on behalf of all the people – it is a prayer of corporate confession. Maybe before we ask God to bless America, we should ask Him to “break” America.

Responding to the Word

What is the Holy Spirit saying to you from God’s Word?  

How can you apply this to your life?

Prayer

Father, give us the gift of repentance.

Personally, I repent of . . . 

For our nation, I repent of . . . 

Forgive our land and heal us, we pray.  

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