2 Chronicles 7:14 New International Version (NIV)
14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
King Solomon gives one of the most eloquent prayers in the Bible at the dedication of the temple. God responds to Solomon’s prayer by telling him that the key to the people’s restoration and/or redemption will always be linked to the practice of prayer.
There are three aspects also mentioned that we shouldn’t overlook today. Firstly, the admonition is directed to people who call themselves people of God. How do you define yourself? What is at the core of your identity? Is it your gender, race, nationality, or socioeconomic status? Indeed, these attribute are very important to other humans whom we engage. However, to God our creator, we are all the same and all that really matters is do we believe in his name. Secondly, if we are going to truly humble ourselves and seek God’s help, we have to believe in God’s existence, omnipotence, and omnipresence. Thirdly, we will need to trust God’s ways and not our own ways regardless of how bad things may get. Unfortunately, at times, our own ways can be just as wicked as the forces we are fighting against. If we are going to be truly restored, we will need to pray before scheming or politicking. Pray before fighting. Pray before moving or mobilizing. Pray that our ways are aligned with God’s way.
In these turbulent times we cannot forget that prayer really works. Moreover, we must understand that God is the master restorer. Even when we have good intentions, our methods will often lead to disaster without the guidance and covering of God.
So friends, if you are concerned about the direction of your life, family, community, or country, forget your secular ways and pray. Don’t pray telling God what to do. Instead pray and ask God for the obedience, courage, and faith to follow God’s path towards your restoration.