Next, we pray and seek God’s face. The Hebrew word for “seek” is baqash and it means what we think of with seek. But there is much more; there must be a desire and a request.
When I pray, I have to want to find God and ask to find Him. I can’t just throw panic prayers up to heaven like some shotgun blast and hope God will heal America.
In our workaday world, we Christians believe we can pray like we cook. Pop a prayer in the microwave and three minutes later, prayers are on their way to heaven.
I’m not saying we shouldn’t throw up quick prayers when they’re needed at the time; I’m talking about getting back into our prayer closets and letting God have His way with us.
Notwithstanding, God wants us to wholeheartedly seek His face:
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:11-13)
God is talking through the Prophet Jeremiah to a people in a much worse predicament than America. He was talking to the Jewish captives who God caused to be taken to Babylon.
The Jewish remnant did eventually cry out to God and were rescued.
He can do it for America too.
The question is: will we search for Him with all our hearts?
More on that tomorrow…