Healing in Your Land

2chronI was asked by a respected leader to "read carefully and prayerfully" 2 Chronicles 7:14-15. I meditated on the passage for a couple of days, and thought I would share my thoughts with you. I hope you are encouraged as you read. 

Solomon and the Israelites just spent seven days dedicating the new temple with prolific sacrifices, music, etc. On the eighth day, all the people joined together in a solemn assembly. 

The Lord came to Solomon the night following the assembly saying, "If I sent famine, pestilence or drought AND ("and" added in place of the semicolon) [v. 13] if my people will:

1) humble themselves 
2) pray
3) seek My face
4) turn from their wicked ways . . .

. . . then I will hear their prayers, and will forgive their sins, and heal their land" [v. 14].

These verses are rich with information for God's people, the ones on whom His Name is called. As we look at the points above, we must:

1) recognize that pride is the root of all sin and humble ourselves before the Lord
2) spend time in communion with the Lord
3) not focus on His hands–what He can do for us–but Him
4) be willing to make personal choices to change.

It is only after these conditions are met that we can truly petition the Lord to move . . . or perhaps remove pestilence, famine and drought He used to get our attention.

One night, while I was praying at the altar after service–I don’t even recall what I was praying about–the Lord spoke a clear and surprising word to me. He said, “You are the land.” 

“What do you mean?” I asked.

“You know, the land. What did I make Adam from?”

“The dust of the earth,” I thought.

“You are land,” He said.

It clicked. I got it. I’ve been involved in prayer ministries for many years, and 2 Chronicles 7:14 is a key verse. I’ve sung songs about it, organized events around it, prayed it, etc., but in a moment, God gave me revelation.

Adam was made from the dust of the earth, and we are his offspring. We are dust—land. And if we will follow the instructions in this pivotal verse, we will see the PERSONAL healing God wants to bring into our lands: our hearts, our minds, our bodies, our emotions.

When our lands are healed (you and me), we will impact the communities in which we live. When we are His, we ARE salt and light. God will use us to bring this same restorative message into the lives of others, who will in turn receive their healing and the affect will ripple into the entire world.

We pray for healing for our nation, but when God speaks of nations, He speaks of people. It won’t matter if abortion is the law of the land if the people of the land reject the practice. When abortion was illegal, people still found ways to commit this grievous act, but with a true healing in the lives of individuals, our nation could see a huge decline in the slaughter of innocent babies.

The fight to uphold the sanctity of marriage (laughably promoted by a church with a divorce rate equal to the world’s), will be preserved at a much greater extent when hearts are healed, people are delivered from selfishness, and relationships are restored.

And the list goes on . . .

"Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place" [v.15].

What I love about this verse is that God responds to humility and obedience with an ever “present tense” promise. He said His eyes would be open (not opened – a one-time deal), and his ears attent (not attend–attending as something begun and completed).

To me it seems He is saying that He will continually be looking and listening. He will be alert to our requests when we posture ourselves in humility before Him and look into His holy countenance. When we reject sin in all its forms (even laziness, apathy, judgmentalism, etc.) and turn to God, He turns attentively to us and our requests. What an amazing God we serve.

About LoriWagner

Lori Wagner is the best-selling author of 15 books, with over 50,000 copies sold. Her works include The Pure Path Series (discipleship/Christian growth for girls), The Briar Hollow Series (historical fiction), and "Holy Intimacy." Her most recent projects include Orbis, a board game, and "Wisdom is a Lady," a small-group resource that includes video teaching sessions.  Lori is a licensed minister, a Purpose Institute Campus Administrator, and serves as the Michigan District Prayer Coordinator for the World Network of Prayer. She has served as the Michigan State Coordinator for the National Day of Prayer and is an elected representative in her community for five terms.  
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