Praying 2 Chronicles 7:14 – Part 2

“…will humble themselves…” The Septuagint substitutes ‘repent’ for ‘humble.’  Humility is the heart posture, repentance is the evidentiary action. Believers today are so resistant to repentance. Oblivious and in denial about our own sins, we comfort ourselves that they are less egregious than national wickedness. The problem is that a culture so far from Biblical…

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Praying 2 Chronicles 7:14 – Part 1

In the midst of national turmoil, over the next several weeks we will discover how to use 2 Chronicles 7:14 as a template for a grass-roots spiritual initiative. First let’s review the passage: If My People…which are called by my name…will… Humble themselves (Repent). And pray (palal)… to represent, stand before in behalf of ……

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Solemn Assembly

Today, we minimize sin. Sin’s wages are deadly, but some conditions are abominable. At such times, God removed His people from the land that had been intended as a stage for the world to witness His relationship with Israel and come to know Him. Nations have purposes. John Adams believed that God had orchestrated the…

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Pray for America

There is a ridge along the Rocky Mountains and when raindrops fall, one centimeter right or left, north or south, one slight variation will determine the destiny of that raindrop – half of it may end up in the Pacific Ocean, the other half in the Gulf of Mexico – just the slightest little variance…

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Suddenlies

One may go for seasons when from a human perspective, nothing seems to happen. Then, suddenly things begin to unfold rapidly. In dizzying, head-spinning time, things change. In the 1964 Anchorage earthquake, in seconds, one section of 4th Avenue split open. Suddenly, the north side of the street dropped 11 feet. In another part of…

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Prayer – An Appeal to Heaven

In Luke 18, as Jesus teaches on prayer, He uses an interesting metaphor. In fact, it is an objectionable metaphor. A widow in his story comes before the judge. This is irregular, since, in that day only men had standing in the court. A wife accessed the court through her husband, and an unmarried woman…

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The One Indespensable Act of a Father – Prayer

“Ask the former generations and find out what their fathers learned” – Job 8:8 When a man led his family in prayer, the very act of prayer and reading the Bible to them, those in this era believed, promoted righteousness in his own life. In leading the experience of prayer and worship the father “submits…

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Infused with Holiness

Blessing and behavior are tied together, “Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD” (Psa. 119:1). No one could be or would be truly blessed, if they abandoned the boundaries of the law! “Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart” (119:2). Notice,…

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A War on Prayer

The death of God is everywhere. He is consistently squeezed from the public forum. Chesterton noted, such a social stage, empty of God, becomes far too small rather quickly, and so other gods are loaded onto the stage – Allah, Buddha, Krishna, yes a hundred other deities, pagan and demonic icons are included. Witchcraft is…

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Is God Dead?

On Good Friday, April 8, 1966, an issue of Time magazine shook the nation. The cover was black with bold red letters as if written in blood, asking “Is God Dead?” In the next six months, almost thirty additional periodicals weighed in on the issue – the nation was abuzz in a discussion about the…

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