MEMORY VERSE: 2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV) If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
The most popular Bible verse that pops up on the lips of nations when there is an upheaval is today’s memory verse. It was the word from God to Solomon – the then King of Israel- after he had built a magnificent house for the Lord.(verse 11) The Lord knew the heart of men, and so He dropped this reminder even after His servant, Solomon, had built a temple for Him.
Most Kings and leaders are good at reminding their people about the essence of national repentance, prayer, and reformation, as very essential during difficult times. Leaders are able to notice, perhaps, their people may have dishonoured God’s name by their iniquity, and therefore must humble themselves under His hand, pray for the removal of God’s judgment, seek His face and favour.
This is good and I will willingly participate to seek God’s face for the nation I am born to. But, the conundrum is, why should man and leaders wait till there is calamity before we seek the Lord’s face and cry for His help in prayer? How would you feel if a child you so love, only sees the need to fellowship with you when there is a problem?
We treat God as fire service officers. He only comes to mind, when the fire overwhelms us. We only pride ourselves that we know him, when in actual fact, we resort to mere men and idols during daily life decisions. And when they fail us and we are at our wit ends, we think of a God who is good and merciful. Let us not forget that as merciful as God is, He expects us to also turn from this wicked ways of ours before He hears us from heaven (v.14)
It is after such genuine repentance, that He promises national mercy. He will forgive our sins, and our hypocrisy which brought the judgment upon us and heal our land. For His Word says that; “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.”(Pro 28:13). It is my wish, that the idea of decreeing that Ghanaians seek the Lord in prayer and fasting becomes a monthly exercise if not a weekly one. May God help us!
PRAYER: Forgive us as a nation O God! As we lift up our heart with our hands unto you in the heavens.(Lam 3:41), come heal our land and touch our hearts also in Jesus’ name, Amen!
INSIGHT: Pardoning mercy and a repentant heart makes way for healing mercy.