Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
(2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV))
Many people are saying that we are at a crucial point in the direction of this nation, and as a result, the world. I realize that this is the third day in a row that this verse is the main topic, but I feel that it is important enough to spend time praying, seeking God’s wisdom and will, and then taking action.
That is correct! Taking action!
We have to step out in faith. God is capable of delivering our nation because of prayer, but have you ever stopped to consider that God’s answer to our prayers will require us to take action?
Did David pray Goliath away, or did God call David to step forth and face his adversary?
Did Daniel pray away the lions, or did God intervene because Daniel had been faithful?
Did Paul pray to take the Gospel to Rome and did it happen? God required Paul to be willing to step forth and be put in prison so that he could be taken to Rome.
There are countless stories of prayer in the Bible. Another one that comes to mind is that of Samson after he had lost his strength and his sight. He prayed for God to give him his strength one last time. On the surface, that doesn’t sound like much of a prayer. What would Samson do with renewed strength when he was already blind and in prison? What about the Israelites in Egypt. God answered their prayers, but it required them to step out in faith when it appeared that all was lost. They had to take action and step between the walls of water at the Red Sea.
What are you willing to do once God answers your prayers? Are you willing to listen and respond to His calling so that they are answered?
We, as the Body of Christ, have been praying for our nation. We have a responsibility to act on that prayer. We need to put feet to our prayers and take action in the physical world since we have prayed in the spiritual realm. Returning to David and Goliath’s story once again. God could have chosen any number of ways to deal with Goliath, but He chose to use a young man. He chose to answer the prayers of Israel through the obedience of just one person.
It is time to respond to God’s call to us. That call is a direct response to our prayers. It is time for the Body of Christ to stand unified in Jesus! It is time to vote for Biblical values!
Copyright 1998 – 2016 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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