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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)
Pray Right Now
I don’t want anything to hinder my prayers. I don’t want something to cause my prayers to go unheard and unanswered. I want to be able to pray powerful prayers, according to your will, that can and will be heard and answered. Those are very good desires that you have within you. Do you know that it is my delight to hear and answer your prayers? Yes, I know that to be true. That’s good. You have richly blessed my life. You have showered me with your kindness and mercy and love. You have allowed me to taste of your goodness. You have given me far more than I could have ever asked for, dreamed of or even imagined. Yes, I have richly blessed your life. It is good that you are thankful and grateful. Let’s talk more about your prayers. I’d like that.
What could hinder both your desire and ability to pray? If I were to hold on to sin and maybe even cherish it in my heart, that would certainly hinder both my desire and ability to pray. Yes, it would. I certainly will not receive answers to prayers that I have not prayed. It is true, that at times, I have not received because I have not asked. Yes, that is true. Unconfessed sin is more likely to make me want to hide from you, rather than pray to you. That’s right. So, what will you do about that? I will turn from my sin. I will confess my sin to you. When will you turn from sin and confess it to me? I will turn from my sin and confess it to you as I become aware of it. That’s good. How will you become aware of your sin? Every day, I will include a time in my prayer where I will acknowledge, confess and ask for forgiveness of my sins. In this time, I will ask you to point out any sin that is in me. I will ask you to forgive and cleanse me of all my sins. That will be very good. I will certainly forgive and cleanse you of your sin. Then nothing will hinder your desire and ability to pray. That’s great. Yes, it is.
What will be the desire of your prayers? It is my utmost desire to know you. I want to live in an intimate relationship with you. So, above all, I will seek to know and love you. I also want to live a life that is pleasing to you. Following and serving you will be a consistent subject of my prayers. I want to be able to pray prayers according to your will. I want to pray prayers that will accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. This is very good.
What prayer do you want to pray right now? I want you to heal our land. By land, I mean our earth. Right now, a virus is plaguing the earth. I’m praying that this crisis will cause us all to humble ourselves before you and ask you for your help. I’m praying that we will all turn from our sins and confess them to you. I’m praying for a great revival. I’m praying for a rich harvest. I’m praying for a multitude to come to give their hearts and minds and lives to you. I’m asking that millions upon millions will ask you to be their Savior and Lord. Is this a prayer I will hear and answer? Yes, it is. You are correct. Keep on praying this prayer. Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Heavenly Father, I will humble myself before you. I will confess and turn away from my sin. I will seek your face and pray. Thank you for forgiving my sins and hearing and answering my prayers. Heal our land. Bring health to our people as we draw near to you. Amen
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