“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 faceand 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.

4 thoughts on “IF MY PEOPLE

  1. Praise GOD for He Lives, JESUS lives! Father GOD, I thank you for allowing us to embark upon yet another Resurrection weekend. This is the time of year that All Christians are Thankful for John 3:16. Lord, we thank you that you thought it not robbery to look upon us with malice, but you had Love and compassion for a generation that still doesn’t fully understand or appreciate what you did for us. Father, I am grateful, each morning that I wake up and have the activities of my limbs, I’m thankful, to have a mind filled with clear and concise thoughts, I’m Thankful. LORD, I ask that you stretch forth your healing hands and just gently touch each and every one of us, not because we need it, but because you care for us LORD. In this season of my Life, I am faced with some difficult decisions. I embarked upon the next level of my education path a few years ago and it seems as if I am going backwards instead of forward. I know that this is the field that you have called me to serve in, and that after everything I have conquered you opened doors for me to get here. My question now Father is, am I at the right Institution? I know that sometimes we can get caught up in being at a particular place, yet not continue to receive what GOD has in store for us. As, I continue to pursue this degree, LORD please guide my footsteps and direct me to where you would have me to be. I have encountered some very friendships along the way, however they will not and cannot get me across the finish line to completing this journey I’m on, that is something that only I can complete with your help LORD. So, Please Pray with me that GOD will direct my path and my footsteps to complete the good work He has instilled in me. Thank you JESUS and you all continue to be blessed and stay well during this time of confinement and social distancing. GOD bless you all, in JESUS name, Amen.

  2. God bless you!thank you for the encouraging words of wisdom! Please keep me in your prayers and family, The Johnson and I will be praying for you and your Ministering Team.

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