“If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; 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 7:13-14 KJV
If you’re like me, this week you’ve probably either conducted prayer calls, participated on prayer calls, or at least been invited on a prayer call. The effects of a global pandemic are crippling countries around the world, and in many instances, bringing the normal activities and commerce of its citizenry to a screeching halt.
The Sunday before “stay-at-home” and “shelter-in-place” orders were issued in major cities in the United States, many churches experienced a surge in attendance. A wary uneasiness began to settle over literally millions of people, and many opted to head to their local churches, synagogues and temples to seek refuge.
Thousands of years ago, when King Solomon had finally finished building the house of the Lord, he called the people of Israel together. The temple was unequalled for its grandeur and splendor, and no expense was spared for the building and beautification of this temple in Jerusalem. The finest cedar, silver and gold were used, with exquisite carvings fashioned by the finest craftsmen the known world had to offer.
At the temple dedication, 2 Chronicles 7:6 tells us the king and the congregation “sacrificed sheep and oxen, which could not be told nor numbered for multitude.” No expense was too great in building the temple, and no expense was too great in sacrificing to the God for whose honor the temple was built.
Once the sacrifices were made, the praises began. Musical instruments were used, and the congregation and singers began to extol the Lord, proclaiming as one that the Lord is good, and His mercy endured forever.
And we know God accepted the sacrifices because He blessed the people with His presence. The glory of the Lord filled the temple like a cloud, His presence so thick and so heavy not even the priests could stand to minister before Him.
And after all the sacrifices, after all the praise, and after all the prayers, the Lord appeared to Solomon. He told Solomon if calamity filled the land, there were a few things His people would need to do if they wanted Him to hear them and turn things around. His people, the ones called by His name, would need to humble themselves, and pray. They would need to seek His face—and turn from their wicked ways.
If they did those things, He promised, He would hear from heaven. He would forgive their sin. And He would heal the land.
Humbling ourselves, coupled with the prayer calls and prayer meetings are the first part of the answer to the viral plague cursing—and coursing—throughout the world. Turning—and renouncing everything that is not like God or pleasing to God—is the second part. Ultimately, God intends for His people to be the remedy. How do I know? Because He said, “If my people.” Be Blessed.