Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.
There is no doubt that people pray for their needs when they are sick or in trouble. It is not that they aren't praying at other times and for other things. However, they might be praying the wrong prayer for God to act on their behalf. Evaluate what you are requesting from God to see if your prayer lines up with what the Bible says.
2 Chronicles 7:14
A lot of people have been focusing on 2 Chronicles 7:14 as their go-to scripture since the COVID-19 pandemic. That surely is a good thing, but there is more to that scripture than just quoting it. What is outlined in that particular verse must be done and not just quoting the scripture.
Also, that scripture does not involve an individual. It is not a personal prayer at all. The prayer is for the nation. Unless you know that it is a corporate prayer, you have missed the whole point of the prayer.
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.
God directs the verse to His people (If my people). The verse is a good example of an "if. . . then" situation. That means that if God's people would carry out the designated things in the order they are mentioned, then God will do what He promised.
The "If" part of the verse:
- First God's people should humble themselves.
- Then pray
- Seek God's face
- Turn from their wicked ways
The "Then" part of the verse:
- God will hear from heaven
- And forgive the sins of the people
- And heal their land.
Notice that there are four things God wants you to do in order for Him to do only three. If His people neglect to do the things outlined in the above scripture, God is not obligated to carry out His promise. Therefore, the goal of the verse is to get to the promise of healing our land.
God wants to heal our land, but He wants to heal it the way He outlined. He will keep His promise if His people will do what He commanded.
- Perhaps you are praying, but only praying for me, myself, and I.
- Perhaps you are praying only for what concerns you: your family, people in your own community, on your job, or in your church.
- Perhaps you are neglecting to pray for "the land."
Nations were punished in the Old Testament by God when He allowed for their land to be attacked. Natural disasters happened to the land. For example, heaven was shut up for long periods of time and there was no rain. God Himself commanded locusts to devour the land, pestilence was among the people, and enemies burned the land so nothing would grow on it. The destruction of land affected everyone. Animals had no food to eat and people could not plant and harvest crops. Therefore, the entire nation suffered. It was only after the nation repented that God healed their land.
Land is an important topic in the Bible because land is important to God. God protected His land just as He protected the people who lived on the land. Therefore, we should pray for our land just as much as we pray for select people who live on our land.
Everyone wants the coronavirus to disappear quickly. However, not everyone is doing their part. The biblical principle for the land to be healed is for everyone to carry out 2 Chronicles 7:14 so God to heal the land.
When the land is healed, it will include everyone you have prayed for including yourself, your family, your community, and your church. All those individuals will be included in "our land."
Please share this article with others. This information came directly from the throne room of God. During my meditation this morning, I clearly heard God say many people are praying, but they are praying for the wrong things. They are praying only for individuals in their immediate circle, but they should be praying for the land to be healed. Since people are on the land, they will be healed along with the land.
Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on March 13, 2021:
Louise, I am glad you agreed with the information that was in my article. I truly believe every word I wrote. Please share with others.
Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on March 13, 2021:
You're right, so many people have turned to the scripture since the pandemic started. I've been having weekly Zoom meetings with my Church which has really helped.