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. ~2Chronicles 7:14 NIV
According to this verse of scripture, it is not necessary for unbelievers to repent of evil and turn to God in order for God to forgive their sin and heal their land of drought, locusts, or plagues (read preceding verse 13).
The often quoted biblical If my people verse is not a salvation message for individual unbelievers. Why would the unsaved bother praying to a God that they do not serve, or repent, or turn from sin? Truly, 2Chron 7:13-14 is a healing message from Almighty God to His own people – the believers of a nation! Are we American believers praying that others are repenting, praying, turning, or humbling themselves instead of ourselves?
What do you think?
“If my people” = Old Testament Hebrews New Testament Christians
This tells me that if the Christians of a nation repent of their own pride, sin, and hypocrisy, that God will hear, forgive, and heal their land. The whole population does not have to participate. However, God calls all nations including the U.S. to righteousness. I know that thousands of believers are praying for our nation daily.
But what are we praying?