Last night I was reading in 2 Chronicles and came to chapter 7. In verse 12 the Lord appeared to Solomon the second time. Verse 13 says, “When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people.” I stopped right there. We are living in these times.
Hordes of locusts have hit and devoured food crops in Africa, and the C virus pestilence is spreading world-wide. What did the Lord say to do?
Verse 14 says, “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 will forgive their sin, and heal their land.”
I think of Nehemiah’s prayer. He not only prayed for his father’s house, himself, but for all the children of Israel. Nehemiah 1:6 says, “Please let Your ear be attentive and Your eyes open, that You may hear the prayer of Your servant which I pray before You now, day and night, for the children of Israel Your servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel which WE have committed against You. Both my father’s house and I have sinned.”
Nehemiah identified himself with Israel’s sins. That is a very powerful way to humble our hearts. As I identify with the sins of the world as though they were my own, it overwhelms me and renders me speechless.
There is a church in Nevada that is collectively praying wherever they are at 7:14 AM and 7:14 PM. I’ve joined them. Now I encourage you to join also. Let’s pour out our hearts in brokenness and humility for the Lord’s mercy on us all in synchronized prayer.