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2 Chronicles 7:14 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 sin and will heal their land.
“My People” can refer to those of our own nationality or ethnicity. I’m mostly of German descent so the Germanic people are ‘my people’. I’m an American and so Americans are ‘my people’.
But, close to home if we look at the family unit, when a parent says this is ‘my’ family they are saying they bear responsibility for their children and they hold them accountable. Children are under the authority of their parents, an employee under the authority of an employer, or a coach bears responsibility over the players. Everywhere we go there is order and authority.
It’s interesting to note that 2 Chronicles 7:14 does not say if ‘people’ would pray, or if ‘political leaders’ would pray. It’s very specific, in saying if ‘my people’ will pray. Who then are ‘my people’? At the time of writing the author was referring to the Jewish nation, the family of Abraham. However, since the resurrection of Jesus Christ, ‘my people’ refers to all who call upon his name in faith trusting him for forgiveness and salvation. John 1:12 “Yet to all who receive him, to those who believe in his name he gives the right to become children of God.” Romans 2:28-29a A person is not a Jew who is one only outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical. No, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. So, ‘my people’ does not refer to everyone but to those who believe and are baptized into Christ. We then become part of God’s team, God’s family, separate from those not part of his family.
The hymn, I Have Decided to Follow Jesus, has a verse that says; ‘though none go with me still I will follow’. This could be a theme for football fans whose team never wins the super bowl. But we’re talking about something far more important, following the spiritual family we belong to no matter what the world does and no matter how difficult it becomes. God has called his people to pray and it begins with me, with you, with our families and with our churches. This is not for someone else; we must take our place of responsibility.
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