“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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

God gives us an awesome promise here! If his people (Christians) will humble themselves (accept themselves as they really are before God), seek God’s face (confess our sin), and turn from their wicked ways (repent), then God WILL:

1. Hear from heaven- that means that God will hear our prayers and answer them. There are time when God chooses NOT to hear the prayers of His children!

Isaiah 59:1,2– “Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.”

But, thank God, when we confess our sins and turn from them, God promises that he WILL hear us.

2. Forgive their (our) sin- What a wonderful thing that God forgives our sin! God forgives PERFECTLY- not like people do! How many times have you told someone, “I forgive you” but the next time that you saw that person you immediately thought of the wrong thing that they did to you? God is not like that!

Isaiah 38:17- “In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my sins behind your back.” God not only forgives sins, he FORGETS them.

3. Heal their land- you remember when Adam and Eve sinned, the ground was ‘cursed’ because of their sin. God told Adam that he would have to sweat and work to bring food from the ground. Our sins do affect the world we live in- physically, politically, and in every other way.

Some people look to the preacher for help. Many people are looking to John McCain or Barak Obama for the answers, but the truth is that NO man can help us out of the mess we are in- only GOD can do that.

Psalm 103:1-5- “Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits-

who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,

who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,

who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”

God is waiting to hear from us. God is willing to change us.

But- are we willing to spend time with Him and let Him change us?