We see the world suffering, and we want to be effective intercessors.
God promises: “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” (2 Chronicles 7:14).
The often overlooked phrase there is “turn from their wicked ways.” God does not dispense cheap mercy. He wants to heal our land, but it’s being sickened by sin and wicked ways!
OK, God, please forgive them for all their wicked ways and rid the world of this pandemic.
People who believe in the mercy of God and the power of prayer know that God’s watchman must “sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done in Israel” (Ezekiel 9:4).
OK, God, please overlook all their abominations.
That’s not the intercessory example set by people of God like Daniel and Nehemiah
While praying—and fasting, Daniel said, “We have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from Your precepts and Your judgments … to us belongs shame of face” (Daniel 9:5, 8). Daniel wasn’t just including himself to sound humble. He’s not in the lyin’s den.
While praying—and fasting, Nehemiah set himself to “confess the sins of the children of Israel which we have sinned against You. Both my father’s house and I have sinned” (Nehemiah 1:6). This is why the Bible holds Nehemiah up as such a good example of leadership. Eleven times in his book Nehemiah was praying!
At this time, with the virus raging worldwide, but especially with God’s Holy Days coming up, we who feel the heart tugs to be intercessors should be examining ourselves (2 Corinthians 13:5, 1 Corinthians 11:28).
We should ask God as David did: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me” (Psalm 139:23-24). Courageously, we should ask God what He most dislikes about me. What wicked way do I need to turn from? What bothers God the most about me? We may as well ask because He’s already all too aware of it!
“Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults. Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins” (Psalms 19:12-13).
We should boldly humble ourselves in seeking this correction from God because He promises He won’t give more than we can handle (1 Corinthians 10:13).
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8).
Intercessors like Daniel and Nehemiah are desperately needed at this time
They prayed and fasted, and Christians know fasting about once a month is advised to maintain a close relationship with God, and is especially needed now.
This is a time for we not they.
We have got a prayer! We will humble ourselves, pray and fast and seek God’s face—and turn from our wicked ways, as the 7 Days of Unleavened Bread April 9-15 teach. God would love to forgive our sins—as Passover on Tuesday night, April 7 pictures—and heal our land!