“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 sins, and will heal their land.” II Chronicles 7:14
It is no secret that Americans today are faced with what is probably the weirdest election scenario in our history. As a nation, we have fallen so far into Godlessness, rank immorality, criminality (as in the murder of millions of unborn children), and disregard for the Jewish people and God’s nation of Israel, that it seems we’ve reached the point of no return. But have we?
Yes, our choices in the presidential race are literally HORRIBLE! As a West Virginia woman put it, when recently interviewed, “What choice do we have? It’s between a criminal and a crazy man.” But even more disturbing than then question of voting was a recent comment I heard concerning prayer: “Why pray? It’s hopeless. God is finished with America.”
In answering such a claim, we can point to II Chronicles 7:14. Although this promise was made to Old Testament Israel, the principle stands. Let us remember the 18th Century Great Awakenings, when God performed a mighty work of revival and return to righteousness through the human vehicles of Jonathan Edwards in America, and John Wesley in England. Only God knows the amount of prayer which prefaced those Awakenings. But we can be absolutely assured that there was prayer, and plenty of it!
Whenever the subject of America’s fallen condition arises, I think of Sodom and Gomorrah—and Abraham’s bartering with God: “Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city, wilt Thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein?”
So went the bargaining, as fifty and then 45/40/30/20 righteous men could not be found. God finalized by promising: “. . . I will not destroy it for ten’s sake.”
We all know what happened to Sodom and Gomorrah because ten righteous men could not be found therein. In the United States of America, there have to be infinitely more than ten righteous men, as well as women and children. I believe there are not only hundreds, but thousands of Americans who have been saved by the shed blood of Jesus, and purpose to walk in the Holy Spirit of the Risen Lord Jesus Christ who is God! Would God spare the United States and heal this sinful land for hundreds and thousands?
God is alive! God is in total control of His Creation. God raises up leaders and pulls them down according to His perfect wisdom. God hears and answers the prayers of His people. Revival begins with the people who are called by God’s name. Thus a return to holiness and reliance on God alone must begin in America’s churches—many of which have abandoned the literal teachings of Scripture and God’s mandates for righteous living.
As Christians, we must uphold God’s Word and His standards of righteousness. We have no other choice. There are many of us who are heartbroken over the demise of our once-Godly nation, and we must pray and seek God’s face!
We are far more than ten righteous men!
Margaret L. Been — June 3rd, 2016