October is a Month of Prayer here at RSCC, and we're off to a great start. Many of you will be taking time each week to be prayer ambassadors for our congregation, praying for specific things on specific days on behalf of our church, our community, our country, and our world. A big thank-you to our volunteers, and an even bigger thank-you to Cammie for organizing it all!
I think we all understand the importance and the value of prayer. Still, today I want to reflect on one of the most famous passages on prayer in the Bible. 2 Chronicles 7:13-14 says this: "When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land, or send a plague among my people, 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 sins and will heal their land." God speaks this to King Solomon in a vision after the dedication of the first temple in Jerusalem, so this is first and foremost a promise to the people of Israel in those days. Still, I see no reason why this wouldn't stand true for us today as well.
If we come under the judgment of God -- if we see His hand at work to discipline us and show us the evil of our ways -- we need to repent. We must humble ourselves, seek the will of God, turn from our sin, and pray. Repentance is the only way to turn aside God's wrath. For the land of those called by His name -- Christians -- to be healed, we must pray. We must in faith make intercession for those around us. We must get on our knees and cry out to God. He has promised He will heal our land.
That's the power of God. That's the power of prayer.