THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
Two men were working on a road construction crew in Washington, D.C. when a big limousine stopped beside them.
The back seat passenger's window came down and a man's face appeared.
He asked, "Parlez-vous francais?"
The men looked increduly at him.
Then the man asked, "Hablan ustedes espanol?"
Again the men seemed confused.
Then the man asked, "Sprechen sie Deutsch?"
The men continued to stare.
Then the man asked, "Parlate italiano?"
Finally the face in the window gave an expression of disgust, said something else, and the limousine drove off.
One of the workers looked at the other and said, "Hmmmm, maybe we should learn a foreign language?"
The other man said, "Huh! That man knew four, and it didn't do him any good!"
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways;
then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
We don't have to know a foreign language to speak to our Lord.
He understands every language perfectly!
Most of us don't use the language we do know effectively in prayer!
God made a very special promise to Solomon in our text, and I believe it applies to every Christian.
His promise was that if people will do 4 things, He will do 3 things:
1) Be HUMBLE before God,
2) PRAY to God,
3) SEEK closeness with God,
4) REPENT from wickedness (turn away from it);
Then God will:
1) HEAR - he will LISTEN,
2) FORGIVE - pardon sin,
3) and HEAL the LAND!
God promised that to HIS people who are called by HIS NAME!
EVERYONE in a nation doesn't have to get saved for God to heal a land!
If HIS PEOPLE will humbly pray, seek His closeness, and repent from sin, then God will HEAR, FORGIVE, and HEAL the land!
Christians need to understand that our nation will not be "healed" by politicians and/or governmental action.
It can only be "healed" by Christians being right with God!