Posted by: pastordarren | May 2, 2013

Pray for Healing in Our World

Today is the National Day of Prayer. A day set aside to come together and pray for our communities, states and country. It is good to have this day and I was fortunate to participate in a powerful prayers service at our city council chambers in Hampton. Prayers were lifted up for all aspects of our lives – families, schools, churches, all levels of government, the military, repentance and renewed dedication to living the Kingdom of God in this world today.

Even though the following text was not the official scripture of the day, I was reminded of its importance – 2 Chronicles 7:14, “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 I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

Lately we have seen many different examples of the brokenness in our world and it was good to be reminded that it is God’s people who are called to pray and allow God to work through them to heal the land and the people.  In the specific text, God’s people are the Israelites and today, I believe, the Church as a whole and each believer would be included.  The denomination that I serve in, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), has as part of its identity statement, “a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world”.  While it may seem a little vague, the meaning is clear, will we be a part of God’s healing movement in the brokenness and fragmentation that is all around us.

So the question remains, will we pray for the brokenness of the world?  Will we work toward bringing that healing?  Today reminded me of the importance of prayer and working toward healing.

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