You are probably reading this much later than the events than transpired today in our country, so for a moment, I will recap. Today, Wednesday, January 6, 2021 was a day that I’ll never forget. Every generation has there moment. For our grandparents, in was December 7, 1941 with the attack on Pearl Harbor. For our parents, it was the assassinations of Martin Luther King or John F. Kennedy. For our generation, it was 9/11. Today brought an additional shocking moment in United States hIstory. We watched live on television our nation’s Capitol building overrun by crowds. One young girl lost her life and many were injured. I watched in tears and immediately began to pray over our country.
I can remember walking the streets of Tegucigalpa, Honduras watching protestors sit outside the steps of their Capitol on a hunger fast. As my group walked around, visiting and fellowshipping with them, we heard grenades detonate and shouts coming out, “they’ve taken the building!” What we couldn’t see what that insurgents had stormed the building. We started running frantically to find safety. I could never have imagined that happening in my own country, and watching images that looked like it came from a movie.
There is a very familiar passage of scripture, a promise found in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “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 restore their land.” It’s a promise that challenges believers to not only pray, but to seek the face of the Lord. However, the key phrase is to humble themselves. The Hebrew word is translated to mean, to submissively prostrate oneself. We are challenged to submit ourselves to the authority of God’s Word. I am convinced that our nation, our world goes so as the Church. If we ourselves are out of alignment, then we will see that seep through into our communities, towns, and governments.
The promise continues is the following verses. Verse 15 says, his eyes and ears attend to prayers made. God hears you! We must not ever cease praying for our nation, for our leaders, for those who hold positions of authority. It is important not to get wrapped up and fall into the divisive political abyss that can produce a downward spiral of arguments of policy. instead, we must remember that the earth is Lord’s! No matter what happens in our nation, or around the world, we must continue to stand fast and see the salvation of the Lord.
Scripture tells us that we will have tribulation in the world, but that we can be of good cheer, because Jesus has overcome! Prayer is powerful. Prayer doesn’t necessarily change a situation. Instead, prayer changes you. Prayer opens your eyes to see and opens your ears to hear and deals with your heart. Prayer positions you and then places you. Let us renew our duty to pray, without ceasing, so that as 2 Corinthians says, “we may live in peace.”