i will heal their land

sometimes life takes some interesting turns.

for most of my life i have considered myself an intercessor.  all well & good, no problem with that.  i still am.

but…  one of the most often quoted verses among intercessors is this:

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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.  2 Chr 7:14

so here’s the interesting bit…  that verse sounds great, but there’s a better way.  jesus!

ok, keep it simple, lets break this verse into two parts, with THEN in the middle.

part one has been done already, by jesus!

part two is already our inheritance!

does that mean we don’t humble ourselves & pray?  no…

lets turn it around. because part two is ALREADY our inheritance, THEN part one…  as god’s people, we will pray, seek, & turn.  that’s the fruit.

so what’s the difference?  EVERYTHING.  it makes prayer so much more fun, really!  prayer IS NOT about twisting god’s arm.  prayer IS about unpacking our inheritance, acting on what he has already done.

there, i said it…

About kiwi in perth

god is good. :) really really good. my name is al; god called me to leadership & this is my journey.
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5 Responses to i will heal their land

  1. Jason Kehler says:

    To some extent i would agree with you. But then again…

    Let me explain. I live in Canada. A land where peoples have trampled over other peoples for the sake of development. This is especially the case for the Native peoples of our land, who i (as well as many others) believe are vital in carrying out the “healing of the land” promised in II Chron. 7:14. Yet many do not know Jesus. In this case, the people of God must cry out in humility, turn from their wicked ways and seek the Lord, then God will hear from heaven, forgive their sins, and heal the land.

    Any thoughts?

    • i thought about this, & i’m not sure how to respond. what i can say is that for me there has been a shift in my thinking, & it has changed the way i pray for my city. but i’m still feeling my way, & this post is an attempt to verbalize that shift.
      blessings. al.

    • actually… it seems there is a need to continue pressing in with prayer for justice. thanks for making me think a little more…
      And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? [Luke 18:7]

  2. Naphtali says:

    I am with you. I know there is more and more and more and it comes about by quiet time alone with God. Glad to know someone else especially so far away is in touch with the same spirit here! God Bless!

  3. Lyn Packer says:

    I love your line “Prayer is about unpacking our inheritance, acting on what he has already done.” And yes it is sooo much fun! There is a huge shift happening in prayer and intercession as God reveals how much we have based our prayers on the Old Covenant instead of on what Jesus has done.

    I love how Jesus stood in the gap for mankind, died for our sins and now we are forgiven (and healing of our land was included in that act on the cross). No longer is man called to be that mediator (in the way we used to think as intercessors). In fact there are no such things as intercessors now just priests who are all called to pray and release heaven into earth by our faith, prayers and decrees as we pray from that place of seated authority in Jesus at the right hand of the Father in heaven.

    Real New Covenant prayer and intercession is full of apostolic authority, power, even laughter, and it’s yoke is easy and its burden is light. I’ve just finished writing and teaching a school on third heaven intercession called “Releasing Heaven into Earth” (available on our website) and the truth in it has and is causing radical changes to the way we pray. No more begging and pleading for God to rend the heavens and come down – he already did! Now we get to walk in the light of that.

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