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“IF, THEN, ELSE”: THE FORMULA FOR ANSWERED PRAYERS FOR OUR NATION


If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave, and

require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven,

forgive their sin, and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 AMP 

 


2 Chronicles, chapter 7, verse 14 is one of my favorite verses in the Bible where the

author has recorded a spiritual revelation given to king Solomon. This passage of scripture

fascinates me as it was not given through a prophet, but rather, it was given directly to King

Solomon, the reigning king of Israel.


2 Chronicles, chapter 7, verse 12 tells us that, “Then the LORD appeared to Solomon at

night and said to him, "I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice.”.

 



This verse constitutes a target audience, that is, a group of people that this passage of

scripture is addressed too, and with it, a set of conditions that these people must meet. If

the people addressed fulfill the conditions outlined in this passage of scripture, God

promises to bestow upon them certain blessings.

 

Here recorded in 2 Chronicles is one of the most amazing passages of scripture that

contains a formula for rescuing our nations.  This verse is a conditional statement in which

there are four conditions that must be met by God’s people to humble themselves, pray,

seek His face, and turn from their wicked ways. If these conditions are met, there are three

promises that God will bestow on His people: to hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and

heal their land.

 

As a former corporate accountant, this passage of scripture is extremely relatable in that it

is laid out in the Bible in the format of a basic ‘IF, THEN, ELSE’ statement.  Those of you

who are familiar with computing software such as Microsoft Excel, the following formula

may look familiar to you: “IF([Condition],THEN [What to do if the condition is true],ELSE

[What to do if the condition is false])”. The verse in 2 Chronicles is constructed in the same

format, e.g., IF my people meet the outlined conditions, THEN God will bless them; ELSE God will allow them to continue to wallow in the consequences of their own

sins.

 

Verse 13 of 2 Chronicles is key because it helps us place this scripture into its context; "If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people,”.  In short, verse 13 describes a situation where God’s people find themselves under God’s judgment, wherein, God is orchestrating the hardship that the land is experiencing. The Bible records many examples throughout history where God’s people found themselves in situations such as this. In cases like these, it is futile and offensive to God to spend our time warring, binding, and loosing dark spirits when Yeshua Himself has ruled against the land.


Rather, it is of vital importance that we recognize that 2 Chronicles 7:14 contains

a formula that can be used by God’s people to reverse His anger and judgment and

usher in a time of God’s blessing. 


When God’s Elect apply this formula and successfully fulfill the “IF, THEN, ELSE” conditions, our God is faithful to hear, answer and heal our Land.

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