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. 2 Chronicles, 7:14
As you find yourself taking action to reach your new goal, remember to pray without ceasing; and although this is a scripture that many of us recite routinely, how many of us really make an effort to pray as much and as often as possible?
Whether your goal is to get promoted to a higher grade or two; or you’ve started your small business and you’re now writing your business plan, remember to humble yourself, and pray…; whether you have set a goal to travel around the world, as I have planned, or you’ve decided you want to be the best mother, father, sister or brother, you’re making every effort to be a better husband or wife; remember to humble yourself, and pray…
Humble is defined as: The quality of being modest, reverential, even politely submissive, and never being arrogant, contemptuous, rude or even self-abasing. Humility, in various interpretations, is widely seen as a virtue in many religious and philosophical traditions, being connected with notions of transcendent unity with the universe or the divine, and of lacking ego the quality of being modest, reverential, even politely submissive, and never being arrogant, contemptuous, rude or even self-abasing.
If you find your behavior at times anything other than polite, or arrogant, even rude, get on your knees and ask forgiveness. We don’t need to treat any man as if he or she is God. Even husbands and wives deserve our compliments, but remember, the scripture tells us, God is a jealous God. If your spouse feels that you should bow and scrape to them, pray, and ask God to show you a place of balance. You can find a place of comfort in your home.
You can find peace in your home, just humble yourself and pray. None of us know what each new day will bring. You could be flying on an airplane, when suddenly; everything goes wrong, like in this true story: "A mammoth 747 jetliner, while flying over the Pacific, sustained a gigantic tear on its side, ejecting nine passengers to their deaths, and threatening the lives of all.
When the pilot, Captain David Cronin, was interviewed, having brought the craft back safely to Honolulu, he was asked, "What did you do when the plane ripped open? How did you cope?" Captain Cronin replied, "I prayed, then went to work."
My brethren, this is an inspired plan for each of us to follow: "Pray, and then go to work." This is indeed a time to pray, to ask God to lead, guide and direct.
There is another true story I will share with you: As I ate breakfast one morning, I overheard two oncologists talking. One complained bitterly, "You know, Bob, I just don't understand it. We used the same drugs, the same dosage, the same schedule and the same entry criteria. Yet I got a 22 percent response rate and you got a 74 percent. That's unheard of for metastatic cancer. How do you do it?"
His colleague replied, "We're both using Etoposide, Platinum, Oncovin and Hydroxyurea. You call yours EPOH. I tell my patients I'm giving them HOPE. As dismal as the statistics are, I emphasize that we have a chance." (One doctor was humble, he believed and trusted God, and it made a big difference).
When you humble yourself and pray, and turn from your wicked ways, He will heal your land too.