The province of Alberta and the city of Calgary are in the midst of a very difficult economic time.
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray . . . then I will hear from heaven.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
This verse was part of God’s message to King Solomon after the dedication of the temple in Jerusalem. I try to be careful not to take a promise written specifically to Israel and try to make it apply to the Church. However, 2 Timothy 3 says that all Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness. Therefore, there are principles within this verse that apply to us.
- This was given to Israel at the completion of God’s temple. The temple was God’s dwelling place on earth. As we move to the New Testament, the Bible says the temple is no longer necessary because we as believers in Jesus Christ are the temple of God. God dwells in us. God is a part of us. God’s Spirit is in us.
- This was written to God’s people, the people of Israel. The book of 1 Peter from the New Testament tells us that we are God’s people. We are a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God.
- Israel was told that when there is a time of need they were to humble themselves and pray. For Israel this was combined with a need to pray for repentance because the difficulties they would experience would be a direct result of specific sin. The principle that flows into the New Testament is that in a time of need God still wants us to pray (and if we have sin, we do need to confess that).
In Matthew 17:22, Jesus, in teaching his disciples said “and all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive”
There is no doubt that we are in a time of need.
The economic situation is dramatically impacting our province, the city of Calgary, our church, and families.
We need to be intentional in praying for people and families impacted by the recession
So, on Tuesday February 23, march 1, 8, and 15 we will have a one-hour prayer gathering to pray specifically for the economy, for our political leaders who make decisions that impact the economy, for the city, for South Calgary, and for individuals.
If you would like to join us and pray for these needs I encourage you to come.
What I really want to emphasize is if you need prayer, come. 2 Chronicles 7:14 talks about humbling ourselves. There are a number of different layers to the idea of humbling ourselves before God. One of those recognize and understand that we need God.
If the economy is causing you stress at work; if you have experience a layoff; if something is pending; if you are experiencing financial problems, humble yourself and come to the place for you say “I need God.”
Another aspect of humbling ourselves is to allow your church family to be part of your life. Our Canadian culture is very individualistic. We want to stand on our own two feet.
We tend to be very private with how we are feeling, we tend to be very private about what’s happening in life.
We are a church family and it is time to get past that. Our vision statement is “to be a people who passionately follow Jesus to see all made whole.” Allow us to pray for you and with you. It is part of our being a church family. It is part of our being a people
I firmly believe that God’s desire is that everyone have a job. I believe that God doesn’t want us to be experiencing the stress levels we often experience. And I believe that God’s power can be shown, will be shown during a recession.