National Day of Prayer
Praise the Lord. How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him! Psalm 147:1
When Solomon finished construction of the fantastically gorgeous Temple and dedicated it to God, the Lord responded with these words (2 Chronicles 7:12 - 14):
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 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.
Today, May 7, 2020 is the first Thursday in May, designated in the USA as our National Day of Prayer. Never before in my lifetime have we faced such difficult times as a nation in both the health and the economy of our land. God is saying to His church, "listen clearly, get your priorities reset, focus on me and the gospel, and prepare for what's next." 2,900 years ago he gave Solomon clear directions: "IF MY PEOPLE"
1. If we humble ourselves
2. if we pray
3. if we seek His face
4. if we turn from our wicked ways (note, not the heathen, but we the chosen)
His conditional promise is threefold: he will hear from heaven, forgive our sin, and heal our land. May we hearken to his word (Hebrew word "hearken" means hear with intent to obey). We need forgiveness and healing like never before. Let us pray. I have sent
to my communities (Hope Christian School & Vineyard Church ABQ) a 25 day prayer guide from today until May 31, the Day of Pentecost this year. If you'd like a copy of that prayer guide, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you a copy.
Praying like it really works, Perry Floyd
ps -- note that Psalm 147:1 says praise is fitting. Like a great piece of clothing, praise suits and fits you and me. Let's wear our praise to our Mighty God.