Day 13: If My People
As you continue to fast and pray, the Enemy may try to convince you that this sacrifice is not worth it … after all you’re just one person. What kind of difference could you possibly make? In 2 Chronicles 7:14, a verse many are familiar with, God says, “If my people…” Do you know what it takes to be God’s people? You have to first be God’s person. It takes one person at a time saying yes to God and putting Him first! The full verse reads:
“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. —2 Chronicles 7:14
First, in order to be the people of God, you must be a person of God. The next thing God requires in this promise is humility.
Once God’s people begin to humble themselves through fasting, He invites us to pray and seek His face. The Amplified version reads, “shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity My face.”
Fasting, I believe, is our way of stepping into the heart of God that grieves for hurting, broken humanity that He created and loves. Fasting embraces emptiness and starves haughtiness. It is a form of withdrawing from normal life in the regular world that we live in, emptying ourselves of not just food, but anything else that we “seek, crave and require of necessity” other than His face.
We should fast not just food, but entertainment, media and worldly junk—delicacies from the world’s table—things that contaminate and limit the power of a fast. Fasting is our ‘body language’ to God. When we fast, we are expressing our heart hunger for Jesus, and how serious we are about hearing His voice and following His ways. From a place of humbleness when we pray and seek His face, we get His eyes, His ears and His voice. We position ourselves to be ‘lifted up’ to see what He wants us to see, to hear what He wants us to hear and to learn the sound of His whisper guiding our steps. When we pray and seek Him instead of just what He can do for us, we are compelled to proceed to the next step: turning from wicked ways.
When we seriously commit to humble ourselves, pray and seek His face and turn from wickedness, He promises to hear us! He promises to forgive our sin and heal our land. Our land—this nation—deeply needs healing. One person alone cannot stop the sin of abortion in our land, but God can when we humble ourselves and seek Him. One person alone cannot stop the tide of immorality sweeping America, but God can forgive our sin and heal our land.
This promise is for all of us, every day: If we will—He will. When you fast and pray in this way, it will affect generations! When we lay a solid foundation of humbling ourselves in fasting and in prayer and in turning from wickedness, the impact will be immeasurable.January 18, 2013 | Permalink