people, which are called by my name, shall 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.”
2 Chronicles 7:14.
The meaning behind the Hebrew word “shem”, which translates into our English
word “name” used in the above verse, references a people who are established in
a definite and conspicuous position. Who are those people who are established in
the vicarious conspicuous position of being called by His name? Well, certainly
the Jewish people, but God speaks to another group here as well.
What hinders God from doing what He’d prefer to do is sin.
Whose sin? He’s certainly not speaking of the enemies of God nor is He referring
to a bunch of non-believing government bureaucrats steeped in their own personal
sins as they steal from their constituency. No, those who His attention is
focused on in the verse above, and who He desires to help if they would only
humble themselves, pray, seek His face, and turn from their wicked ways, already
belong to Him. It’s a shock to realize who God is speaking to. “My people who
are called by my name”, the wicked people are both Jews and Gentiles. God speaks
to both camps. His chosen people are the Jews, yet His Church is also in view
here. Wow – a real eye opener, but sadly true. Don’t write and tell me that that
verse is an Old Testament verse directed only at the Jewish people of that day.
If you honestly believe the above verse doesn’t address Christians then you’ll
need to scrap the Bible in its entirety. There is no doubt that God is speaking
to His children, born again
believers in Christ, as well as His chosen people, the Jews.
If my people, and that’s a big “if”,
will do what we should have been doing all along, which is walking with the Lord
daily, then God will act upon what we ask of Him. While His people remain
outside of His fellowship in their self imposed exile He will remain silent, the
healing process will be put on hold until His people come back and embrace that
loving fellowship He offers. Does that mean we’re not saved? Absolutely not.
Many of God’s children are not walking with Him, they are out of fellowship.
Keep in mind that God is calling His
people which includes theborn again to repentance.
“But as many as received him, to them gave he
power to become the sons of God…”
John 1:12a. God has given us (the born again) the power to become
sons of God. Once a son of God, always a son of God, but being out of fellowship
with our Savoir and Lord brings only misery and heartache.
Is there any possibility that God will heal America, a land
where the majority of its populous prides themselves on being Christian?
Certainly God is fully able to
heal our land and bring about the greatness that America once enjoyed, but will
He? A nation where the vast majority of citizens claim to be Christian should
not be in such trouble, especially as we see is the case today stretching from
sea to shining sea. Where are all the prayer warriors?
Talk is cheap; I’ve stated it many times in past
commentaries. Just because someone stakes a claim to being a Christian doesn’t
really mean they are. There is a growing segment of Americans who are repulsed
by those of us who claim to be “born again” and some of these folks actually
profess to be Christians themselves. In the third chapter of the book of John,
Jesus told Nicodemus that the only way to see the Kingdom of Heaven is to be
born again. It’s fairly obvious that if a person is repulsed at the thought of
being born again, that would be a real deterrent to ever seeing the Kingdom of
Surely if the populous of the US were actually followers of
Jesus Christ we could be fairly certain they’d be praying for God to heal their
land and forgive their sins. This land, as far as I can see, is not being
healed. Therefore either those who are called by His name are not turning from
their wicked ways or the nation is made up of mostly in name only Christians.
Today as never before in our history, America is in desperate need of healing,
and the lost of this nation are going to be no help to the born again in asking
God for His intervention. And if the born again don’t ask, well…
Prayer is extremely important in God’s economy.
“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous
man availeth much.” James 5:16b.
“Much of our prayer is not effective simply because it is not fervent. It is
offered with a lukewarm attitude that virtually asks God to care about something
that we care little about. Effective prayer must be fervent, not because we must
emotionally persuade a reluctant God, but because we must gain God’s heart by
being passionate for the things He is fervent for.”
A fervent prayer initiated by whom? A
“righteous man”. His fervent prayerwill avail much, and the humble
prayers presented to God by those who are called by His name will result in the
fulfillment of a spoken promise by the One who calls us by His name. That same
promise will not come to fruition if those who are called by His name remain
steadfast in their wicked ways and silent when it comes to sending up petitions
to the Creator of the universe.
That verse of 2 Chronicles is presented in commentary after
commentary, and has been for some time now. Many letters that come to me have
that prayer inserted at the bottom, people are attempting to spread that verse
around as a prayer for all to read and repeat. Always, as it is used in
commentaries, it’s seen as a call to arms so to speak, but so far it doesn’t
seem to have many adherents. How can I say that? Is there anyone out there that
actually believes that God has healed, or is in the process of healing, our
land? On the contrary, America is in dire straits. Only by calling on the One
true God by those who place their faith and trust in Him, and Him alone for
salvation, can the many plagues permeating this land be eradicated.
God has called all of His Children to prayer. Not just those
who are actually active in prayer, but those who neglect prayer as well. In
God’s directive of 2 Chronicles I don’t see where God is allowing for the
possibility that if some will
turn from their evil ways – pray – seek His face – then He’ll act. No! All of
His people, all who are called by
His name must turn from their evil ways and do as He has commanded.
Are the faithful asleep? There seems to be a vast majority of
those who’ve placed their faith and trust in Jesus Christ who haven’t a clue as
to what’s coming next. Those who are in tune with God and His word know that
there will be some bad times (persecutions – tribulations – trials) which the
Church will be forced to endure while we await the Rapture. What those times
will consist of no one knows for sure. But we will be hated more and more for
Christ’s sake and we can all see that those days are somewhat upon us now.
Petitioning God’s help is our only hope and will be, in the near future, our
only recourse as we see avenue after avenue beginning to close to those who
follow the true Creator of the universe, Jesus the Christ.
A year ago I wrote a commentary titled
“Time Has Come – Let’s Pray” which garnered a positive reaction from folks all
over the world. I was thrilled with such a response and I was fairly confident
we would begin to see a difference very soon. My brethren were convicted and
they told me so. They were going to begin to diligently pray and seek God’s face
and turn from their wicked ways. Surely there would be a full on trek back into
fellowship with the One and only God of all creation. Did it happen? Did those
who are called by His name begin their journey back to that place where they
could continue in an awesome relationship with their Savior and Lord? I hope so.
But I honestly believe that many professing Christians are so tied to this
world, and the idea of instant gratification, that when they see no instant
benefit in prayer they cease their communication with God. Then they do the
unspeakable, they do an about face and instead of continually calling on God,
they call on the governments of the world to attempt toclean up the mess we’ve gotten
ourselves into on this planet, all the while continuing in their wicked ways.
Today it seems that instead of being concerned with the
things of God, more and more believers in Christ are fully absorbed by the
conditions of our times. Instead of relying on God and being in the center of
His will, many have caved and bowed to the government and now are fully reliant
on that very ungodly entity as their provider of basic needs. His people called
by His name, in their quest for their perceived fair share, have neglected the
One who loves them and freely gives with no strings attached. How do born again
believers in Christ humble themselves before their God? By repenting of their
evil ways and then turning away from sin.
The end is very near now and the healing of this land may be,
for all intents and purposes, a moot point, but turning from our wicked ways,
that’s something that should be paramount on our minds. From here on out nothing
of this world should be attracting us. Think about it, what is the attraction of
this planet now? Surely we’re repulsed by the cold heartedness permeating our
society today. Do the lies coming out of our Federal Government seem attractive?
Not hardly. Money? Love? Possessions? Nothing can compare to Heaven and that’s
what we need to set as the priority of our thinking these days. The words “this
world is not my home” needs to be believed now more than ever. This world is not
our home; it is a place where we currently sojourn but only temporarily. If this
world is so vastly important to you then I have some very disturbing and
disappointing news, it will soon be completely destroyed by fire.
“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief
in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and
the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are
therein shall be burned up.” 2
Peter 3:10. This biblical scenario is not too far off in mankind’s
The children of God have a new home
being prepared for them which will never be destroyed, never be attacked,
entropy will neverenter therein. If you don’t want to
leave earth with all its beauty then you must not believe your Heavenly home can
transcend the earthly. Are we looking forward to Heaven, or are we simply giving
lip service to something we perceive as only fantasy? If you are not looking
forward to Heaven you will be of no earthly good to the Kingdom of God while
here on earth. Only those who have disentangled themselves from the worldly know
for certain that their future Heavenly home awaits them, new and perfect in its
If His people will turn from their evil ways and pray He will
hear from Heaven, all of their prayers. But we must pray,
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye
shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked
nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.”
John 16:23-24. What an awesome
promise given to us by the one who died for us. Neglecting to call on the Lord
in prayer simply ties His hands. He wants us involved in the fellowship. It
isn’t to be one sided. Let Him hear from you, that’s what He tells us in 2
Chronicles 7:14. He needs to hear from His people. When those prayers are sent
up to God in earnest, then will He hear and act. This nation of ours might just
remain intact while His Church remains prayerful and in fellowship with their
When all is said and done, this moment of time that we occupy
is nothing more than a vapor. Trusting God is our only hope in a world which has
a majority of folks who have no use for God whatsoever. God, in His directive of
2 Chronicles, is only asking those who are called by His name – His children –
to pray. If you’re still not sure, allow me make it perfectly clear just who His
Children are. We are those who Jesus refers to as being able to see the Kingdom
of Heaven. Yes we’re sinners, yes we stumble from time to time, and yes we
sometimes become adversely entangled in the evils of this world. That’s why the
2 Chronicles directive is as important to God as it should be to each of us.
Read it again, ““If my people, which are
called by my name, shall 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.” 2
Chronicles 7:14.” Now place it prominently in your memory banks –
never to be forgotten – quote it often – then act upon it.
As born again believers in Christ, called by His name, we can
see Heaven, our future home, and we know we will be there one day. It’s as
though we see the future as we forget the past. Can you see it? No? Then you
know what you must do.
God bless you all,
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