14 and 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, will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
As of January 20, 2018 The United States Government had another shutdown because congress could not come to an agreement on spending and other programs such as DACA. We in America have a mess and the problem is that both major parties of our political system are blaming the other side. Our country is being divided more and more every day because we cannot come together and work on solving problems without people’s preferences getting in the way. While we may have it bad according to some, other countries are experiencing a lot worse.
While we in America are worrying about whether we are going to fund our government other countries are experiencing a lot worse. What most people do not know is that on December 15, 2017, President Evo Morales of Bolivia enacted a change in the penal code. This law was supposed to go into effect in 18 months. This law made it illegal for churches to congregate and if pastors come together they would be committing a crime. You could not evangelize or participate in religious service. If you did you would be sentenced to prison and have to pay a fine.
Also in this law was the creation of a communist state. All private organizations were taken over by the government. Everything was now state owned. The public media was even being censored. New elections would be limited. Citizens could not leave the country much less travel freely from state to state. This law also affected doctors very negatively. If a doctor, doing a normal practice caused even modest harm they could be thrown in prison. The burden of proof would then be on the doctor and not the person who was harmed.
Even though it was now criminal to do so, most people took to the streets for protests. At one point the entire city of Santa Cruz, with a population of 2 million was completely shut down. More importantly many citizens came together in the streets praying for their country. On January 11, 2018 the streets were covered with people praying to God. Roman Catholics as well as Christians came together to seek God’s healing on their land.
Some specific prayers that were being prayed by the Bolivians and many Americans were for God to protect the country, free the country from evil, and send a great revival. The media in America was not covering this story. It was being spread through word of mouth and social media. Thousands of Americans were seeing and hearing about this story. Many probably felt helpless except for the fact that they could pray. So while millions were praying in Bolivia, thousands were praying in America and possibly around the world.
In 2 Chronicles 7:13-15 we see God responding to Solomon and answering his prayer. God tells Solomon that He would send locusts to devour their land, which could be other countries that are as greedy as locusts that want to ravage their land. Then God gives Solomon a message of hope. He says that He would heal their land. God was very specific though. He said that His people had to humble their selves. We as God’s people have to recognize that God is the sustainer and without Him we have nothing. We must put all of our faith in Him. God says they must pray and seek Him. As Christians we are to seek God’s guidance and protection. Then we must repent. All of this must be done on a personal level. It must start in our hearts. Then we need to see national prayer and repentance.
This is what the people of Bolivia did. They were facing criminal charges for worshipping God. They were facing criminal charges for telling others that they need to turn to God. These people humbled themselves and turned to God. God heard their cries of desperation. On January 21, 2018 the president announced he would repeal the laws.
Imagine if the people in America came together in the streets of America and prayed for our country. Imagine if we repented for the sins that we have done. Do you not believe that God could heal our country and bring us together?