I believe with all my heart God wants to stop and help America. He has invested too much in our nation and our people to simply pass us by. But a few major shifts must take place before this happens.
I recently wrote a book about eight people Jesus stopped for in the Bible titled When God Stops. I’ve always been curious as to why He stopped for them and bypassed others. I enjoyed delving into the many principles that caused Jesus to stop for each of these individuals. And I encourage the reader to understand how to do the same today.
A friend of mine who just finished reading the book called me and asked a penetrating question: “Will God stop for America?”
Immediately I felt a bolt of life-giving electricity run through my body. I knew I had to seek the Lord for an answer. But before my knees could even hit the ground, II Chronicles 7:14 instantly came to mind:
“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 passage is telling us that prayer works a lot like a baseball game. If the runner doesn’t touch first base, he cannot legitimately move to second. And yet, everyone I have ever heard teach this very popular verse, used it to teach about the importance of prayer. They seemed to skip the principal condition of humility.
Suddenly, I could see why the church lacks the ability to release the healing power that our nation so desperately needs. If we want God to stop, if we want to attract His attention during our time of need, we will need to first take the time to humble ourselves.
Jesus explains this even better in Luke 18:
10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ 13 And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be [a]humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” (NKJV, Luke 18:10-14, biblegateway.com)
Let’s take a minute and break this down.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Derek Grier