Since Joseph Farah came up with the idea of declaring Sept. 11 of this year a day of prayer and fasting, he’s been promoting it relentlessly. It’s not a very original idea, of course; there were at least a dozen such events last year alone. But he explains why he thinks this will actually do something.
It’s II Chronicles 7:14. Many of you probably know it by heart. But I want to take it apart for you because I believe it represents God’s very real, clear and one and only prescription for saving our country.
When I read this verse the first few hundred or thousand times, I somehow missed what it was saying. I thought that God’s words to Solomon were suggesting that the entire nation of Israel would need to repent and turn back to God before He would bless the nation and heal the land.
But that’s not what it says at all.
So let me walk through this verse with you: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall 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.”
This is a promise as much to us as Christian believers living in America today as it was a promise by God to believers living in Israel at the time of the first Temple. Why? Because as believers in Yeshua the Messiah we are grafted into the promises of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob through His atoning sacrifice on the cross.
God is not waiting for all of America to repent. He’s not waiting for Barack Obama to call on His name and seek His face. He’s not waiting for the majority of Americans to turn back to Him to act and heal our land.He’s waiting for His people who are called by His name to humble themselves and pray and seek His face and turn from our wicked ways. Then and only then will He hear our cries, forgive our sin and heal our land.
In other words, He is waiting to perform a miracle for us if we put all our faith in Him and not in our own worldly works.
And yet the organizers of every other day of prayer, many of which Farah participated in before, said the same thing. Why hasn’t it changed anything before? Why hasn’t God “heal[ed] our land”? Millions of Christians pray for this every single day, yet nothing ever happens. Are there just not enough people doing it? How many is enough?
And by the way, this idea of “seeking God’s face” is kind of ridiculous, not to mention anti-Biblical. In Exodus 33, God told Moses that no one could see his face and live.
And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.
Perhaps you should be seeking God’s ass instead; he seems willing to show you that.