We Repent…

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From my husband’s blog today. Please consider joining with us to pray for our nation.

We Repent….

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…. 2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV)

It is no secret that things are tough all over. From natural droughts to economic droughts, times are definitely challenging.

Recently, we have been in a several situations where well-meaning Christian friends invoked this verse, and began to pray that God would bless, protect, and heal our nation.  They sincerely believed that they were being obedient to God’s Word and that God would honor their request to heal our land, but never once was there any mention of repentance.

However, this verse instructs us to repent on behalf of our nation.  God’s Word says that if we repent, He will handle the healing.  The Word of God gives us an example of this passage in action.  In Daniel 9, we see God’s pattern of repentance for the sins of a people and a nation.  Daniel repented for his nation and for the covenant people of that day.

In today’s season, to follow this example, we would need to repent on behalf of our church and our nation.  I implore you to repent individually, on behalf of God’s people, and on behalf of our nation.

There is no possibility that this land will be healed and our people restored, unless we as God’s covenant people, are willing to repent for our individual sins, the sins of the church, and the sins of our nation and its leaders.  The situation is dire.  Without repentance and the divine intervention of the mercy of God, judgment will fall.  We must cry out for the mercy of the Lord: that we be given time, strength, and resources to bring in the harvest; that God will stay His Hand, giving us grace to be faithful in this effort, using time wisely and to great effect.

Please join me in this prayer for our nation:

Father, we come to you in the name of Jesus. Not by our works or our own righteousness, but by Your great mercy and love in forgiving us and calling us into your Kingdom.

Father, we repent for failing to honor You and Your Word above the word of the world and those around us.

We repent for loving leisure more than we have loved you.  We repent for loving our sports events and entertainment more than we have loved Your Word and fellowship with Your people.

We repent for not holding ourselves accountable to perform your Word by being obedient to it in every area of our everyday lives.

Forgive us for being more concerned about our comfort than the eternal souls of our friends and co-workers.

Forgive us for not being willing to stand up for what we know to be true at home, at work, at church, and in our nation.

Father, we repent for the innocent blood that has been shed throughout this land.  Millions of babies have been murdered, and most of us have been unwilling to stand up and be counted, in any way, to defend the lives of these innocent ones.  Forgive us, Lord, for this foul evil in our land. Restore the sanctity of life to our hearts and our nation.

Father, we repent for calling evil “good” and good “evil”.  Forgive us for our unwillingness to call evil, what you have called evil; for not presenting your saving grace as the only antidote to evil and the destruction that sin leaves behind in everything it touches.

Father, we ask you to forgive us for our unwillingness to hold our elected officials accountable as Your servants. Father, restore to our land those faithful servants who will stand for righteousness and integrity; those who will not use the public office they hold as a chance to feather their own nest.

Father, we repent for the many times we have spent the incredible resources you have given to us on our own pleasures; not putting your Kingdom first in every area of our lives, including our spending.  We repent for stealing the tithe from You. We repent for not using the resources You have given to us to support ministries You have ordained to spread Your Word to every corner of the earth.

We repent for being more concerned at church with superficial relationships and other matters, rather than the spiritual health of our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Father, we fall on our faces and repent.

Father, have mercy upon us and give us one more chance to produce the fruit worthy of repentance for your Kingdom.

Amen.

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