Prayer for this nation has been consistent for years. There has been assemblies in Washington, DC to declare 2 Chronicles 7:14, If my people, who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray, turn from their wicked ways, I will heal their land. This has been the go to scripture for this nation and probably many other nations. The challenge is we have called abortion wicked, homosexuality wicked, Las Vegas wicked, Hollywood wicked, and the list goes on, but we have not called anything we as believers are doing as wicked. 2 Chronicles 7:14 doesn’t say if the world or unbelievers turn from their wicked ways, it says if my people do.
God is healing our land, I know it, I see it, I hear it, I know it. His mercy is falling like rain from the sky on this land and we are going to reap great benefits from His outpouring of mercy and grace. But the truth still remains, God’s people must turn from their wicked ways. The reason I think the church doesn’t turn from their wicked ways, whether leaders or congregants, whether at home or in a building, is because we do not see what we are doing as wicked. Wickedness has been described to us as behavioral, and it is. But not all behavior has been identified, so we do not realize what we are being called to turn from.
Jeremiah 2 gives us clarity into what the Lord is asking His church, His people to turn from, for to God it is wicked (twisted, out of order). Here is what Jeremiah says, “Has any nation ever traded its gods for new ones, even though they are not gods at all? Yet my people have exchanged their glorious God for worthless idols! The heavens are shocked at such a thing
and shrink back in horror and dismay,” says the LORD. For my people have done two evil things: They have abandoned me— the fountain of living water. And they have dug for themselves cracked cisterns that can hold no water at all!” My friends we need to repent of turning from the glorious to the worthless and for digging our own cisterns. When we do this, we will be able to carry the outpouring that is being released even as we speak.