2 Chronicles 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 I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

The Lord appeared to King Solomon after he had finished building the temple and the royal palace. On the day of the dedication of the temple King Solomon prayed in public submitting to the Lord a specific request (2 Chronicles 6:26-27):

“When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because your people have sinned against you, and when they pray toward this place and give praise to your name and turn from their sin because you have afflicted them, then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of your servants, your people Israel. Teach them the right way to live, and send rain on the land you gave your people for an inheritance.

King Solomon’s request was granted. God assured him that He will heal the land when people turn from their inhumane and self-centered ways, humble themselves and pray.

Heal our land – We know how it feels when our bodies are under attack. Sickness and disease is our mortal enemy. Many prayers go out addressing the issue of healing our bodies. However, the Lord who has the power to heal our bodies also has the power to heal our land.

There is no wrong time for prayer. The right time to pray is right now. There is a communication flow going on between heaven and earth, and we are in that flow when we pray. The communication flow goes both ways: God speaks to us, and we listen; we speak to God, and He listens. While it is certainly normal to vent to Him and spill all our beans, prayer remains a two-way-conversation. God wants to impress His wisdom and encouragement. We need an open heart and mind to receive His input.

Dishonesty represents a major obstacle to our communication flow with God. We can lie to our neighbor, we can lie to ourselves, but lying to God does not work. Actually, lying never works – and hiding from God does not work either. Adam and Eve were the first to try, without success. And why would we want to hide? There is absolutely no question about God’s merciful attitude. He is known to be patient.

God forgives and forgets – we just need to be honest with Him. He will right our wrongs, and He will heal our land.

Sweet hour of prayer
That calls me from a world of care
And bids me at my Father’s throne
Make all my wants and wishes known
In seasons of distress and grief
My soul has often found relief
And oft escaped the tempter’s snare
By Thy return, sweet hour of prayer

 William B. Bradbury (1816-1868)

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