We often hear the requirements for God’s healing in the first Scripture reference below, especially on the National Day of Prayer. The second reference is quoted less. We know the result of turning back to God. But do we understand the alternative? We desperately need God’s healing.
Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land. 2 Chroniocles 7:14 NLT
As the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand. If I announce that a certain nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down, and destroyed, but then that nation renounces its evil ways, I will not destroy it as I had planned. And if I announce that I will build up and plant a certain nation or kingdom, making it strong and great, but then that nation turns to evil and refuses to obey me, I will not bless that nation as I had said I would. Jeremiah 18:6-10 NLT
Bottom line? God is a compassionate, merciful, and loving God. He wants no one to perish without Him. But He is also holy, righteous, just, and sovereign. Without a doubt God wants all individuals–and nations–to turn to Him. But not all will.
The way is through His son, Jesus. “Jesus told him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.'”
May America acknowledge God’s way and keep listening to His voice, recognizing that she will be strong and great because she prays and humbles herself before God, and turns to Him in obedience and trust. No other reason will make her great. And no other reason will keep her strong.
And in case we are tempted to finger-point, remember that you and I are part of America.
A Prayer for Our Nation
Lord, on this day and every day, hear our cry as we humble our hearts before you and acknowledge who you really are. Search us thoroughly and point out anything that smacks of self and rebellion, so we can leave it and abandon ourselves totally to you. Turn our hearts toward you, Lord.
We crave your blessing; we need your mercy; we long for your healing and forgiveness. You and You alone deserve the credit for any good that comes from us as individuals or corporately as a nation. You and only You are worthy of honor and glory.
Our eyes are on you, Lord. Where else can we turn? May every day be a “day of prayer” as we seek to honor you daily.
What about you? Will you join the believers of this nation in daily, unified prayer asking for God’s healing? And if you don’t live in America, will you pray for your nation to turn completely to God?