Devotional

A Nation of Repentance

I think most of us would agree that our nation is in the midst of some perilous times. We are experiencing ungodly attacks from all sides. Schools no longer allow students to bring bibles to class or allow prayer at school events. Entertainment increasingly spirals into vulgar language and crude content that doesn’t entertain. Abortions continue by the multiple thousands and hardened hearts are no longer shocked. The drug culture is running rampant. Our prisons are overflowing. This is our nation!

Don’t give up! We have hope! 2 Chronicles 7:14 says: 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.

The best biblical example of national repentance is described in the Book of Jonah. God called Jonah to go to Nineveh, the capitol of ancient Assyria and warn them about God’s judgment on that city for its sins. Assyria was a wicked and immoral nation. However, Jonah refused and ran the opposite direction against God’s will. We know the story of Jonah and the fish. When the fish carried Jonah to land and vomited him on shore, he had a second chance to save the city from God’s judgment.

According to Jonah 3:3 it took three days to walk across the city of 120,000 people. He walked the entire city with a message that in forty days Nineveh would be destroyed. The heart of the King of Nineveh was touched. He ordered national prayer, fasting and repentance. Even the animals were required to wear sackcloth as a sign of national repentance. The whole city cried for mercy.

God answers the prayer of His people. If there is a mighty outpouring of prayer, faith and righteousness in our nation, God will answer the petitions of His people to spare their land. The promise of 2 Chronicles 7:14 is that if we do the things God requires, God has obligated Himself to hear our prayer and heal our land.

Larry Cobb

 

Published on May 25, 2017