What’s One Prayer?
“What good is one prayer?”
We all know the scripture – 2 Chronicles 7:14 “If… My people, who are called by My Name humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land…”
We know it so well that it has almost become cliché.
But I cry out, “But it says ‘people’ Lord! ‘People!’ People are more than ‘person’! What good is MY prayer? How in the world can my prayer make a difference?”
And my mind went to Moses’ plea, and Paul’s plea. It went to Daniel’s confession and Nehemiah’s confession, and finally to Isaiah’s confession when he said, “I am a man of unclean lips and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips…” All through Israel’s history we see God’s hand of wrath stayed or held back when repentance took place. (See Ezekiel 20 and Amos 7 for instance).
I fully believe that God is offering us, American Christians, an opportunity to repent; an opportunity to postpone the Day of Vengeance. I believe He is calling us to “stand in the gap”. It is time to take off our camouflage and let the world know who we are and what we believe. It’s time to stop being politically correct, and start being faithfully strong – regardless of the cost.
I believe He is saying (to us, in our day, in this very year), “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Will you reply, “Here am I, send me…”
If my “one prayer” of repentance, is added to your “one prayer” of repentance; and your “one prayer” of repentance is added to everyone who reads these words; and their prayers of repentance – then we’ve gone a long way toward turning that “person” into “people.”
This is my prayer…
Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord God Almighty. The whole earth is full of Your glory!
Oh Father, I am a sinful woman, and I live among a people who are sinful. But You have cleansed that sin, not with a burning coal, but with the blood of Your very own Son.
That Blood was poured out for the sin of the world, but it has been spurned, ridiculed, and rejected by so many, and there will be the Day of Vengeance.
God, we are torn – do we pray for a delay of the wrath, or for the coming of the Bridegroom? We so long to see His Face and triumph of Glory…
But, there are so many lost and hurting, and so we pray, in humility, hear us Father, forgive our sin, and heal our land.
May we seize this opportunity You are holding out to postpone the judgment a season longer, if that be Your Holy Will.
In Jesus’ Name – Amen.
One prayer + one prayer + one prayer + one prayer…