And David built there an altar to the Lord, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. So the Lordheeded the prayers for the land, and the plague was withdrawn from Israel. - 2 Samuel 24:25
David’s prayers and offerings were accepted by the LORD. His intercession on behalf of Israel averted further disaster and spared the remaining people from God’s judgment. The plague was stopped and the land was healed.
The Prophet Jonah, told the people in Nineveh, that in forty days their city would be overthrown––destroyed (Jonah 3:4). When the word reached the king of Nineveh he quickly responded: …he arose from his throne and laid aside his robe, covered himself with sackcloth and sat in ashes…(Jonah 3:6-8), proclaimed a decree throughout all Nineveh to fast and repent from all their evil and violent ways.
The king gave hope to the people when he said to them: Who can tell if God will turn and relent, and turn away from His fierce anger, so that we may not perish? Would God show them mercy? When God saw their true repentance, He relented and did not bring the destruction on them (Jonah 3:9-10).
America is guilty of many violent and evil acts; especially towards the unborn. As a result, what has God allowed to plague our country? California has endured a long season of drought. Elsewhere storms and floods have created chaos and loss of life. Could these catastrophic events be God’s judgment on our land? As a nation, founded upon Christian principles, we need to pray and repent. Only then, will the Lord be gracious to us and heal our land.
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 will forgive their sin and heal their land.
~2 Chronicles 7:14~
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