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 I WILL FORGIVE THEIR SIN AND WILL HEAL THEIR LAND.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)

This scripture carries a great promise – that God will hear and He will heal. With the affliction of COVID-19, on the back of bushfires and drought across our nation causing great fear and anxiety are symptomatic of the need for a society that needs a spiritual awakening.

   Modern Christians have many resources available to them today. There are numerous books, magazines, resources online… the list goes on. We can learn so much about prayer. In fact, we preach about prayer. We sing about prayer. We present seminars about prayer – but all too often, we fail to pray.

   The operative word in the scripture above is ‘IF’. We simply need to practice the discipline of prayer.

   Pray. Pray alone. Pray in groups. Pray in the morning. Prayer at night. Pray!

   Our God does not lie, and He made a promise – if we will pray, then He will answer.

   The fact that you are even reading this right now means you have a heart to engage with your Heavenly Father. Be encouraged by the promise of scripture,: “...the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16NIV)

   This starts with a decision – to humble ourselves and pray! Jesus said, ‘Ask. Seek. Knock…’ all of which carries the call to be persistent. Keep asking, knocking, seeking.

As we stand united as believers to pray against COVID-19, be assured that our God hears, He forgives and we will see things change.

WAYNE ALCORN is the National President of the Australian Christian Churches.