• Pastor Dan

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.

(II Chronicles 7:14)

Sixty years ago, Leonard Ravenhill wrote the following..

No man is greater than his prayer life. The pastor who is not praying is playing; the people who are not praying are straying. Poverty-stricken as the Church is today in many things, she is most stricken here, in the place of prayer. We have many organizers, but few agonizers; many players and payers, but few pray-ers; many singers, few clingers; lots of pastors, few wrestlers; many fears, few tears; much fashion, little passion; many interferers, few intercessors. Failing here, we fail everywhere.

Go back and read that quote one more time. Prayer is absolutely essential. In II Chronicles 7:14, prayer is the second prerequisite to God healing our land. We must first humble ourselves before God; then, as we acknowledge our dependence on God, humility leads to prayer.

So, what is prayer? Prayer is talking to God. Prayer is spending time with God. Prayer is wrestling with God. Prayer is seeking God's face. Prayer is calling on God for His help. Prayer is how we stay connected to Jesus.

A few years ago, I wrote a devotional on prayer. Here is part of what I wrote...

Imagine what would happen in America if our President issued an executive order that businesses in America close on Sundays and asked Americans to go back to church and seek God's face. Imagine what would happen if all our factories and businesses closed for lunch one day a week and opened their lunch rooms and offices for prayer meetings instead of business meetings. Imagine what might happen if Congress called for a Day of Fasting and Prayer in America on the first Friday of each month - and they set the example themselves by setting aside their political agendas for the day to meet together for a Solemn Prayer Assembly.

That hasn't happened yet. But, many of us are now under stay-at-home orders. Perhaps God is calling America to pray. Perhaps God is calling His children to spend more time with Him. We certainly have more time these days, don't we? How about shutting off the television, the computer, the smart phones, the video consoles, and any other distracting devices you might have for at least 30 minutes every day. Sit quietly and pray. Listen to God's still small voice. Reconnect with Jesus.


During this Covid-19 time at home, I have been doing just that. I have been going outside for at least 30 minutes every day, away from the television and computer and cell phone. I just sit quietly in prayer and solitude; talking and listening to God. I'd like to invite you to join me outside every day for at least 30 minutes with the Lord.

  • Pastor Dan

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.

(II Chronicles 7:14)

Social Distancing. Keep six feet apart. Wash your hands. Don't touch your face. Sanitize surfaces. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Self-quarantine. No gatherings of more than 10 people. Stay-at-home orders. Shelter-in-place. Protective gloves and N95 masks.

These are all guidelines for battling the Covid-19 pandemic today. And, they are important. But, as I see it, the battle-plan against this virus is missing one critical piece. As I listen to President Trump, Governor Cuomo, all the medical experts, and the media; I rarely hear any mention of the most important key to healing - prayer.

In II Chronicles 7:14, God clearly calls us to pray. And if you read the verse in context, verse 13 mentions three particular occasions for national prayer - drought, devastation, and pestilence. A pestilence is defined as a deadly or overwhelming disease that affects an entire community. Needless to say, Covid-19 fits the category of a biblical pestilence. What's the cure? Turning to God!

But, prayer is actually the second step. The first is humility. It is prerequisite to all the other steps. Without humility, we simply don't acknowledge our need for God, thinking we have life under control; so we never bother to pray. Without humility, we rely on our own expertise and ingenuity instead of seeking God. And without humility, we never admit any wrong-doing or sin; so we never turn to God in repentance. Humility is the indispensable first step.

What is humility? Here's a good definition to start with. Humility is acknowledging that God is God and I'm not. Unfortunately, man today worships at the idol of self-sufficiency - man is supreme. Rather than self-sufficiency, humility is an overwhelming sense of one's unworthiness before God. Humility lets God call the shots in life. Humility admits it doesn't have all the answers and turns to God for wisdom and guidance. Humility doesn't demand its own way, but surrenders to God's will in life.

Yes, let's pray! But first, we must humble ourselves before God.

0 views0 comments
  • Pastor Dan

"No movies. No concerts. No sports. No restaurants. No parties. Limited workload.

Now that I've cleared your schedule, can we talk?"

- God

No one likes social distancing. No one likes being "quarantined" in their homes. No one likes being isolated from family, friends, and neighbors. But God can bring good from it. There is some truth in the quote above which I saw on Facebook this week. God wants to spend more time with us. Maybe God is calling us to draw near to Him. Perhaps God could use the Covid-19 pandemic to bring revival in our land.

This is an opportunity for us to draw near to God, to pray, to cry out to God for healing. In II Chronicles 7:14, God identified four steps to experience His healing.

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.

(II Chronicles 7:14)

One thing is certain - our land needs healed. We desperately need God to heal our country and the world of this Covid-19 pandemic. In the next few blogs, we will discuss the four prerequisites to God's healing: humility, prayer, seeking God, and repentance. These are also the four prerequisites to revival.

We desperately need physical healing in our land from the Covid-19 pandemic. But we need healing in America on many levels. We need economic healing. We need political healing. We need relational healing. We need moral healing. But our greatest need is spiritual healing.

Please use this time to draw near to God. Please pray with me for God's healing.

2 views0 comments