What does prayer mean to you? Is prayer a part of your day? Do you have people who ask you to pray for them and their petition to the Lord? Do you say, “Yes, I’ll pray for you.”? And then do you pray or maybe get busy and not pray? When do you pray? Why do you pray? I have been asking myself those questions lately. Those are questions that I personally need to answer. The Lord has been reminding me that I have told people I would pray and then sometime have not kept my word to pray.
A few days ago, I was livestreaming Dan Celia on Financial Issues. (Just a note about Financial Issues: His ministry is about being Biblically responsible with our money and investments.) Dan was speaking about the need for prayer especially in our country today. He was talking about the Scripture of 2 Chronicles 7:14. You are probably familiar with that verse if you read your Bible, and that verse has been posted on social media quite a lot lately. Dan reminded me that verse starts off with “If”. The word “If” makes the verse conditional. I had never thought about it that way.
2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “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 sins and will heal their land.” It tells us what we must do if we want the Lord to hear our prayers, forgive our sins, and heal our land. What Dan said so convicted me about my prayer life and being reminded of the checks in my spirit about praying for requests made of me. The Lord placed on my heart “what if I’m that one person the Lord is waiting to hear from to answer that prayer”. I do not want to be that one person He is waiting to hear from.
So today, I am answering those questions above and making myself accountable to the Lord. I know I am guilty of this sometime, but I am forgiven because I asked.
To dig a little deeper into this passage of Scripture, the Lord appeared to Solomon after he had completed the Temple and had done all that the Lord had asked him to do. God gave Solomon His stamp of approval when He said in Verse 12b of 2 Chronicles 7, “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a temple for sacrifices.” In Verse 13 of this chapter, the Lord tells Solomon basically that He knows trouble will come because that verse says, “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land, or send a plague among my people,”. That is the time for God’s people to pray as stated in Verse 14. Then the Lord says in Verse 15 that if His people do as He asks, this will happen: “Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.”
God wants to hear our prayers. He wants us to communicate with Him. He wants us to bring our petitions to Him. He wants us to bring our praises to Him. He is always ready to hear our prayers if we are ready to say them. Pray for our country that God will heal our land. Pray for the Lord to end this plague of the virus that is sweeping the world. Pray for those who ask you to pray for them. Pray for those you know are in need. There is no greater need in our lives today than to pray. Make praying and spending time with the Lord a priority in your life.
Be a Light in this World!