Today is the National Day of Prayer
I am grateful that our country recognizes a day needed for prayer, yet I am distraught that as Christians we actually find this necessary. As a Cristian we should live a life of prayer every day. The Bible says, “Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thes. 5:17) There are several other scriptures that state the same thing. With that being said I don’t think lack of prayer is a problem. There are groups who pray every day, some of them several times a day, go to Jerusalem and there are people praying at the wall every minute of every day. So what is the problem?
Let’s look at the most quoted scripture on a day like today, 2 CHRONICLES 7:14. “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.” If we break this scripture down there are a lot more problems than just not praying.
First problem, “If my people, which are called by my name,” There are several major problems with this being followed.
- The Christian world has adopted the world view that just believing in God is ok, NO! Jesus said “if you have seen me you have seen the father for I and my father are one” and “if you try to come to God any other way but by Jesus you are a thief and a robber”. With these two statements we must become the people of God through Jesus and understand that Jesus is God.
- If we are his people then why are we continually bashing one another? There is no place in the church for “social religion” if we preach for or against any race or culture we are not demonstrating being his people.
- Jesus wanted unity, and before our prayers can work we have to complete step one which is “If my people, which are called by my name.”
Second problem, “shall humble themselves.” This should not be a problem in the church but it is. I hear preachers and ministers say on a daily basis “the devil is attacking me and our ministry.” Could it really be that scripture is in play in your life that says “pride goes before a fall”? This generation of Christians is haughty and better than others and it is coming from the pulpit. I tell my congregation all the time, “I am nothing more or nothing less than a sinner saved by grace. “
Third problem,” seek my face.” Wow what are we seeking as a church? Why seek His face, because in His face are His eyes, so we can see others as he sees them. Also in His face are His ears, so we can hear what he hears and His mouth, so we can speak His Words.
Fourth problem, “turn from their wicked ways.” I know the first thing that pops in your head are the sins of the world especially the “pet sins” that one may deem more sinful. But in reality turn from our wicked ways could mean to love one another, put others first, and quit promoting our own social agenda just to put another group down from our “religious prospective.”
In reality praying is the easy part of this scripture so let’s take a long hard look at ourselves and work on the above mentioned things because we all (INCLUDING ME) miss the mark at times.