“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 I will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14)
The key ingredients to a successful prayer life is thanksgiving: “Give thanks to the Lord, for His mercy endures forever!” (Ps 136:1). To give thanks to the Lord is both a command and a privilege! The Psalms are filled with prayers of thanksgiving and give us such a wonderful model to get us geared up for prayer!
The other component is confession as expressed in 2 Chronicles 7:14. While this prayer is usually cited to pray for our nation, in its proper context, this prayer is a call to repentance for God’s people (not a secular nation state) out of a desire to draw closer to the Lord. The relationship of our own prayer time, healing and renewal is a powerful one in Scripture. James 5:16 confirms this idea. The Lord will bless us and our work as we seek His presence in true humility, transparency with Him and one another. John a disciple of the Lord and apostle can still affirm at the end of his life that he is need of repentance himself! (1 John 1). No one is without the need for these times of scrutiny before the Lord. .
Following in the heels of our past two virtual prayer vigils at TCC, let’s gather together again over a period of 12 hours (6 am to 6 pm) on May 23 with prayers of thanksgiving for all the good things He has done, but also in reverential and quiet introspection before Him. May He bless our time together in His Presence on May 23!