January 27 // Meagan Garcia
2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land
I love to joke around about how humble I am, which is very ironic because by doing so, it’s going completely against the statement that I made. I’m not sure about how others feel, but in situations where I am wrong, I find it difficult to go back and admit it. I try to fix the situations with my own ability before I admit I was wrong. I do that with God too.
When I know I haven’t been following God in the way He asked me to, I try to overcompensate with other things. I start to say things like “I’ll pray first thing in the morning before touching my phone” or you will see me helping more in church. These are things that God is not necessarily asking me to do. Sure, it’s great to want to pray more or volunteer more, but when God is asking you to seek His presence that’s all He is asking you to do in that moment.
This verse speaks to me because the Lord is not asking anything too difficult from us. What He is asking for is an honest conversation with Him. That small task produces big results. Thinking of our “sick land” now, in what ways can the Lord send healing? We need healing to ease racial and political tensions. We need physical healing for the sick from a pandemic that was not expected. We need healing to provide financial peace, and to restore families and homes, etc. There are so many ways that God can intervene when we humble ourselves in prayer.
Dear Lord, once again, we thank you for always being so merciful. In our weakness and trials, you are always walking right beside us to help us get to the finish line. I ask for forgiveness and healing, not only for my heart, but for the hearts of those around me. I pray that your light and presence will shine on areas of our lives that need healing and change. We ask that your presence continues with us in this time of fasting and praying and that you will clearly show us what you would have us learn during this time.
In your Glorious name, Amen!