In 2 Chronicles 20, King Jehoshaphat dealt with potential devastation from three armies teaming up against Judah. He prayed, pointing to God’s promise “should evil come upon us, the sword, or judgment, or pestilence, or famine,” then they could stand before the Lord “in our distress” seeking Him for His working (20:9). In recent days, we have faced “the sword” as well as weather, pestilence, and economic issues. Jehoshaphat’s cry should be the cry of our hearts,
“O our God… we are powerless before this great multitude [of issues and needs]… nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on You” (20:12)—That should be our cry for our lives, families, churches, communities, and our state and nation.

God commanded His people to pray for the place and the people around them… “Seek the peace [shalom—multi-faceted well-being] of the city where I have sent you… and pray to the Lord on its behalf; for in its peace you will have peace [well-being].” Jeremiah 29:7
Jeremiah 18:7-11 tells of God’s willingness to chasten or to restore. As we seek Him, we must be ready to hear and heed what God says. In our state and nation, we are experiencing a measure of God’s chastening, His remedial judgment—more as we ignore His signals. We see that as churches and as a nation. His calls continue … through His Word, through fellow believers, and through circumstances, including calamities—storms, floods, terrorist attacks, fires, earthquakes, economic turmoil…

The well-known verse, 2 Chronicles 7:14 about God healing a land is connected to verse 13 which says, “If I shut up heaven so that there is no rain, or if I … [do other things], or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people… humble themselves and pray… seek My face…. turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear… forgive… heal their land.” We see evidence of God speaking in our day. It is time to hear, heed, and pray. Use these 7 pointers as you pray…

1.Humble Honesty. Ask God to show you (individually and as a
church) any sin. Repent. Do the right thing. Thank Him for forgiveness (1 John 1:7-9).

2. Admit Needs in Your Community. Seek God for His “shalom” where you live. Ultimately that means people coming to personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Pray for the work of his spirit, convicting of sin, righteousness, and the judgment to come(John 16:8-11; Acts 24:25). Pray for specific people you know who need a personal relationship to Jesus. Ask God to work. Look for open doors to share.

3.Hurricanes. Ask God for His Mercy this Hurricane Season and for wisdom and grace for all involved in Disaster Reliefpreparations and efforts. Pray for mercy, but don’t presume and fail to prepare. Remember, the norm is hurricanes. An out-of-the-ordinary calm season would be the kindness of God.

4. Haiti and Cuba—Pray for a calm Hurricane Season in both countries, where many needs exist.

5. Pray that people see and recognize God’s Hand in the midst of this season.

6.Spiritual Awakening. Ask God for His peace (Shalom) in ourNation—for each heart to turn “from its evil” (Jeremiah 18:8, 11). Pray for people to turn to Jesus in repentance and faith (1Thessalonians 1:9-10). Pray for obedience to God in government, education, business, and ministry… every area of society (Proverbs14:34). Pray for spiritually healthy churches to share the message of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Be Ready to share with that God brings across your path—to speak of the love of Jesus and His call to come to Him.

7. Give Thanks. Be Ready to Thank God and Praise Him for how He answers—either way… by faith.

Prayer and Spiritual Awakening /Florida Baptist Convention
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