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.