Heal Our Land The Humble, Prayerful, Seeking, and Repentant Church
2Chronicles 7:14 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.
Modern Christianity seems to lose its focus in latter day
The first portion of this scripture is apparently missed by some leaders in modern Christianity. God is not asking for humility from the world. He is not asking for prayer from the world. He is not asking for the world to seek His face nor turn from their wicked ways. No beloved; He is asking that of the church. "If MY people, who are called by MY name" is who this verse is directed to. Who are the people who are called by His name? Christians. It is an imperative given to the people of God. Why? Because we cannot represent God to the fallen world if we are not humble. We cannot expect to bring the lost to the foot of the cross if we do not pray and seek His face. We cannot expect a depraved world to listen to us if we ourselves fall victim to the same depravity.
So this is the deal God is offering to His church today. He is promising three things. First He promises to hear us from heaven. Now this may seem odd to some Christians as we always like to believe that God hears us but in fact He will not hear us without these conditions being met. We must humble ourselves. One of the things that God hates is a proud look (Proverbs 6:17). The Psalmist reminds us:
He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. Psalm 25:9
He does not guide the proud. He cannot because the proud do not seek guidance. They do not think they need it. God also cannot hear us from heaven if we do not pray and seek His face. That seems simple enough. Does God know all things? Sure, but He desires a more intimate relationship with us. He wants His church to be actively praying and seeking His face. James teaches us:
The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. James 5:16