Monday, October 1, 2012

Pray!


This year, the most important thing our church can do is pray for our nation! To give an example, during the month of October thousands of churches will be praying for our country. Through an historic initiative called PRAY31, congregations from coast to coast will experience the power of intensive, purposeful prayer. When we call out to God according to His will, He responds and brings His transforming grace!

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 will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chron. 7:14

This verse reveals in principle a revival prayer applicable to God’s people in any age. The context follows Solomon’s dedicatory prayer for the temple—one that focuses the responsibility of any people to seek God for mercy after sin has brought its desolation, plague, and judgments. This verse summarizes God’s chosen way of restoration, which through the prayers of His people, a guide for prayers for revival in all places:
1. Humble ourselves (rather than God doing it to us.)
2. Pray for a full revelation of God’s glory to His people (seek His face.)
3. Turn from everything that contradicts the spirit and direction of our prayers (true repentance.)

The promised results: God will hear this prayer, will cleanse from sin, and will bring healing where it is needed—for the church, for the nation, and for the people!

- Pastor Regan Myers