Praying 2 Chronicles 7:14 – Part 3

“… and pray…” The word here is palal – to intercede. It is a courtroom term implying God as Judge. Here we act as an advocate for another, appealing in their behalf. First, we humble ourselves repenting; and only then can we represent the nation. The Douay-Rheims Bible says we, “…being converted,” ourselves having experienced…

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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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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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