The Hebrew school teacher was describing how Lot's wife looked back and turned into a pillar of salt, when little David interrupted. "My Mommy looked back once while she was DRIVING," he announced triumphantly, "and she turned into a telephone pole!" We should never try to live in the past, but we really need to deal with the past before we can move forward through repentance and forgiveness.
“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 will forgive their sin and heal their land. 15 Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place.” II Chronicles 7:14-15
Our world is a mess. Though God may be grieved by our sin and apathy, He is never overwhelmed or shocked. When Israel was celebrating the completion of their new Temple, God knew at some point, they would compromise with the world and turn away from Him, so He told Solomon and us, what to do when that happened. Repent and Return to God. Deal with your sins, don’t bury them in denial and then, come back to God. He says something similar in the New Testament.
I John 1:9: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Thursday, May 5, is the National Day of Prayer, a day set aside to pray for our nation’s leaders in our government, military, media, business leaders, educators, churches and our families. However, it all begins with our own relationship with God. We cannot repent for the sins of someone else, but only take responsibility for our own. We can pray for God to work in the hearts of our neighbors, but we better ask Him to work in our hearts first. We had better repent of our sin before we pray for our nation to repent. We better pray for our lack of faith before we pray for the lost to have faith. We better pray for God to heal our own hearts and families before we pray for the healing of our nation. Every day should be the Day of Prayer, but this Thursday, make a special effort to pray.