Jonathan Moseley on Is National Repentance Required Before God Hears Our Prayers?

We are in a moment of national crisis.  Yet again.  This hour is urgent.  Yet salvation is always near close by from the God who hears our prayers.

But will prayer on this scale actually work without repenting first as a society or nation?  This is not just praying for a job interview, but for the fate of our nation.  These topics will provoke collisions of theological controversies.   Yet the Bible has a lot to say about repentance from sin, including collectively, as the pathway to receiving what we are praying about.

We are living in a great 2 Chronicles 7:13 moment at a crossroads in history:

2 Chronicles 7: 13 When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people,” 14 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.

We love verse 14, but verse 13 warns us that trouble may come – including “pestilence.”   The online version of the Cambridge Dictionary defines pestilence as “any very serious infectious disease that spreads quickly and kills large numbers of people.”

What if an individual Christian intercessor has no unforgiven sin to confess?  It seems that the Bible calls upon us to repent on behalf of our nation nevertheless.

“Pestilence” is an odd word, an ugly word.  But mostly a word we think is totally irrelevant to our modern world, with our modern science.  Should we lightly brush off the Bible’s warnings while deadly pandemics race around the world like Swine Flu, SARS, MERS, and now COVID-19?

This may be controversial for some, but at the dedication of the temple in 1 Kings 8:30-40, God’s conditionality is clear:

33 “When Your people Israel are defeated before an enemy because they have sinned against You, and when they turn back to You and confess Your name, and pray and make supplication to You in this temple, 34 then hear in heaven, and forgive the sin of Your people Israel, and bring them back to the land which You gave to their fathers.

35 “When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because they have sinned against You, when they pray toward this place and confess Your name, and turn from their sin because You afflict them, 36 then hear in heaven, and forgive the sin of Your servants, Your people Israel, that You may teach them the good way in which they should walk; and send rain on Your land which You have given to Your people as an inheritance.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jonathan Moseley