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 I will heal their land. – 2 Chronicles 7:14
The second step that Christians must take in the process of healing our land is to pray and seek God’s face. Humble people know how far away they are from God’s Holiness. Therefore, they enter what I like to call “process.” I mean the process of actually growing in the faith. It does not happen magically, which today’s American Christians despise. I hate the fact that I waited so many years to get serious about praying and seeking God. I know now that I did not pray and seek Him because I wasn’t humble. I compared myself to other Christians and figured I wasn’t that bad. I thought other people were the problem. Had I looked at my reflection in the light of God’s Word, I would have known.
In general, you can spot a fake Christian by how much time they spend pointing out the faults of others as compared to their own faults. They are so aware of the specks in other people’s eyes that they don’t really concern themselves with the plank in their own (Matthew 7:3). I’m not saying we should never point them out, but there is certainly a right and wrong way to do it.
On the other hand, you can spot a real Christian by their humility and their desire to build on that humility. Do they pray and seek God’s face? You never have to ask them . . . You just know.
The solution to healing our land is not legislation, lest we really think that any man or woman in the Oval Office will heal our land. The solution is for people who call themselves Christians humbling themselves and turning from their wicked ways. To me, this is the best part: NOT EVERYONE HAS TO DO IT! “If my people,” not “if all people.” We don’t have to spend ANY time bashing non-believers who don’t live like us. We simply have to go through the process of praying and seeking God’s face. It is not enough to know about Him, we must know Him.
You know how much time that you spend alone with God and praying to Him. You know how much effort you put into reading, learning, and memorizing His Word. You know if you are growing in His likeness. You know. And, if it is very little or none at all, it is not that you do not have time, it is that you really don’t think you are the problem. You think everyone else is the problem.
Pray and seek His face.
Believe it or not, He does not hear the prayers spoken by prideful Americans who say they are Christians, but if brutally honest, make no time for Him or have any real need for Him. If you don’t believe me, just read the verse. It is conditional.
“If my people will . . . then I will hear.”
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