The Prayer That Can Change the World
By Kathryn Leonard –
Have you been troubled lately, as I have, by all the destruction we have seen in our nation and the world?
There is a verse that is commonly quoted and brings us comfort. This comfort, however, is a false sense of security unless we fulfill our part of the passage. In this verse God invites us to participate in being change agents in our world!
“. . . 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” 2Chron. 7:14 (NIV)
Let’s look at the steps God has laid out for us to follow…
IF My people, who are called by My Name: If you are a Christian you are His child, adopted into His kingdom, and this verse is specifically for you! (If you do not know Jesus personally, please contact GapGals and someone would love to talk with you about faith in Jesus and what that looks like!)
Will humble themselves and pray: Acknowledging our personal sin is the first step of humility, but there is more! We have not committed the murders we have seen, or started the wars that are raging. This is the secret to intercession! We humble ourselves by standing in the gap as a representative of all who have sinned in our nation, our city, our church, or even our homes. There are several examples of this in Scripture, Jesus being the ultimate intercessor unto death for our sins. Let’s look at excerpts of Nehemiah’s Prayer in chapter 1. (For the full context and prayer see Nehemiah 1)
4When I heard these things (the condition of the Israelites and the destruction), I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. 5 Then I said: “Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 6let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against you. 7We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses.
11Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. . .”
Nehemiah stood as an intercessor for the Israelites by confessing their sin and pleading for God to move on their behalf.
We can do the same and begin praying as one who will confess the sins of our nation and of the world as well as our families.
We can pray for the conviction of the Holy Spirit to turn us and others away from wickedness and toward obedience in the Lord.
This is humility and can help us to truly identify with what Christ did for us. In His innocence, He became the sacrifice that paid for our sin and opened the door for forgiveness, healing, restoration, and freedom.
We can stand in the gap for our world by pleading with the Lord, calling out to His merciful and loving heart. We can be the voice that cries out for the Lord’s forgiveness and cleansing as we acknowledge that we are far from the Lord and His ways as a world and we desperately need His Revival.
Seek His face: We are to pray until we see God moving in this area!
Turn from their wicked ways: This begins with our own personal wickedness…what do we need to turn away from? Now we can begin to pray and intercede for those in the world that are trapped in darkness being used as pawns of the enemy! We have been released, forgiven of our sins—do we care about those in darkness enough to stand for them and free them from Satan’s hold? This will take some soul searching!
I WILL HEAL THEIR LAND! God’s part!
Isn’t this empowering! We actually have an opportunity to make a difference! We can connect with our God in such a way that His will and His ways can change the world!
As you pray in this way you become a warrior, a peacemaker, a missionary, a co-laborer with Christ, and an agent of God’s mercy and change in this world!
Will you join me in humbling ourselves, confessing the sins of our land as a people, and pray?
If so, God will heal our land! He promised!
To receive more encouragement from Kathryn, visit her website at www.kathrynleonardministries.com