Orlando Tragedy, A Call for Prayer

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Then the LORD appeared to Solomon in the night and said to him: “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a house of sacrifice. When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:12

After King Solomon finished the temple and his own house, God gave Solomon a great promise, when tragedy came, if God’s people humbled themselves, prayed and sought God, turning from their sin, God would hear, forgive, and heal our land.

God’s people, not the country.

God’s people.

Tragedy hit America today.

God’s people.

It’s time for God’s people to act. Let’s humble ourselves, pray, seek God, turn from our sin, and wait on God.

My prayer:

Father, You are our Great Creator, our Savior, our Sustainer, our Healer. Your people have sinned. We have not represented You well. Please forgive us. We pray for the Orlando victims, their families, the first responders, the care givers, and those touched by this senseless tragedy. Touch all involved. Use the Christians in Orlando to show Your great love to all involved. Forgive us, Lord, and heal our land, Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Can Christians Save America From Decline?

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Sanctuary in Melk, Austria Benedictine Abbey

When Solomon’s temple was ready to be dedicated to Yahweh, singers cloted in fine linen, with cymbals, harps and lyres, stood east of the altar, and 120 priests blew trumpets in unison with the singers glorifying Yahweh. When they praised God, and said, “He indeed is good for His lovingkindness is everlasting,” the temple filled with a cloud, the glory of Yaweh.

In his prayers of praise, Solomon also acknowledged that the Israelites would sin against the Lord, and he asked that when they repented, God would hear their prayers and bless them.

For seven days, the Israelites observed the dedication of the altar and feasted. They praised the Lord and sacrificed 22,000 oxen and 120,000 sheep during the dedication.

Then, God appeared to Solomon and told him that He had heard his prayer of dedication and had chosen Solomon’s temple as a place for Himself and as a house of sacrifice.

When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place. 2 Chronicles 7:13-15

This was a conditional promise of God to Israel. Yet, Christians have been grafted into the heritage of God’s chosen people, the Israelites. This is a promise that Christians, God’s people, can count on.

America was founded as a nation under God. God’s people live here. As Solomon prayed, and as Daniel prayed, I pray,

We have sinned, we have acted perversely and wickedly;  2 Chronicles 6:37

The future of America depends upon God’s people. We can turn America around.

What must we do?
  1. We must humble ourselves. We must bow before the Lord our Maker in submission.
  2. We must pray. We must pray for forgiveness, for America’s leaders, for revival, for wisdom.
  3. We must seek the face of God. We must return to His Word and seek to know Him. We must return to our first love of Jesus
  4. We must turn from our wicked ways. We must examine ourselves, and turn from our fascination of the things of this world.
What will happen?
  1. God will hear from heaven.
  2. God will forgive our sin.
  3. God will heal America.

That’s a promise. It’s up to the Christians in America.

Do you believe God’s promise?

My prayer

Lord God Almighty, You are the God of Your people. Turn our hearts toward You in a mighty way. Father, America has sinned. We have turned from You. Forgive us I pray. Holy Spirit, bring a great revival and awakening to America. Ignite our love and zeal for Your Word. Magnify Your Word, and heal our land.

Will you join me in humbling prayer, seeking the Lord and turning from our sin?

Celebrate your freedom by thanking a vet, soldier, military family member

7-4-14 Each year, our community decorates golf carts, motorcycles, and an old fire truck. Gleeful residents parade through the streets celebrating Independence Day.  Tonight, there will be barbecues and fireworks.

Our nation’s founders declared their independence to govern themselves and worship as they pleased. Before the declaration of freedom, they engaged in war. Lives were saved and lost.

America is still engaged in battles. Freedom costs dearly … lives, limbs, sanity.

Please take a moment to celebrate your freedom and thank a veteran, a soldier, a military family member for the sacrifices they have made for America’s freedom.

My prayer for America

My Father who frees His children, thank You for the freedom that America enjoys. Thank You for the brave men and women who have given their lives, limbs, and sometimes sanity to preserve this great land. Thank You for their families. Bless America’s veterans and military families with Your grace, peace, and joy. Pour out opportunities and prosperity upon them to overflowing. Father, we have sinned.  We have turned from You. Forgive us. Heal our land. Turn America back to You. In You is our freedom. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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 How do you celebrate Independence Day?

What are you noticing as you wait on God?

Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, ‘Which,’ He said, ‘you heard of from Me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now. … but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you,  Acts 1:4-8a

Jesus told His followers to wait in Jerusalem for the promise of the Holy Spirit. This promise would give them power.

His followers waited in expectation on the promise in the Upper Room in Jerusalem, but their waiting was active. Acts tells us that they devoted themselves to prayer. They also appointed a replacement for Judas.

After the Lord impressed upon Keith and me that I would be healed of fibromyalgia, we waited in expectation, too.

We actively waited.

  • We prayed.
  • We studied the Bible.
  • We studied books on healing.
  • I worked with my doctor, and we tried new medications.
  • I tried new techniques of coping with the pain and fatigue.
  • We thanked God for the healing.

But it took time; days, weeks, months, and even years.

“Did the Lord promise to heal me?”

I’m sure that the followers of Jesus waited in that Upper Room waiting … waiting … expecting … wondering if they heard Jesus correctly.

“Did Jesus really tell us to wait?”

In Waiting on God, Andrew Murray wrote:

Come, and however feeble you feel, just wait in His presence. As a feeble, sickly invalid is brought out into the sunshine to let its warmth go through him, come with all that is dark and cold in you into the sunshine of God’s holy, omnipotent love, and sit and wait there, with the one thought: Here I am, in the sunshine of His love. As the sun does its work in the weak one who seeks its rays, God will do His work in you.

My prayer for you:

Father, we are waiting on Your healing presence in our lives. We are waiting in expectation of Your promises. Teach us to bask in Your light and all powerful love. Work in us Your plans for us, Your healing touch. Here we are, waiting for the power You are pouring out on Your children. Thank you, Father of Lights. To You be the glory!

Share your insights:

As you wait on the Lord, focus on His glory, His power, His promises, and share what He has shown you.