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    by Cecelia Lester

What Will It Take?
Date Posted: June 17, 2022

Recently, as I read our local newspaper, I became sad about the violence occurring in our cities, our nation, and our world: People unable to peacefully resolve their differences, others, carrying weapons going into schools and taking out the lives of defenseless children and those called to educate them. Memorial Day weekend saw multiple mass shootings across our nation. These followed the Uvalde, Texas and Buffalo, New York tragedies.

As I was working in my kitchen, I wondered, “What will it take for order to come back to our world?” I received an answer to my question. “ If my people. . .will humble themselves and pray.”

If My people who are called by My name,

The Lord is speaking about those who say they belong to Him. He knows our hearts .

will humble themselves

We must recognize our sin, confess it to Jesus and leave it with Him.

and pray

Go before the LORD and ask Him to guide us, to help us conquer these sinful issues.

and seek my face.

Diligently look for the LORD. Spend quantity time with Him.

and turn from their wicked ways,

Renounce and forsake the evil thoughts, and actions. Move away from anything that God dislikes in us. Repent from the questionable language and behaviors.

then I will hear from heaven

The LORD patiently waits to hear us calling out to Him. He listens whenever we call upon Him.

and will forgive their sin

God, in return, will forgive His people of their sin. He will not remember them.

and heal their land

God will heal those things that continually vex His people.

Some things to think on:

1.. Do we need to humble ourselves?

2. Have we harbored “Christian” sins in our hearts?

3. Do we truly pray, seeking His will or do we dictate to God what we want?

4. Do we spend quantity time in prayer as we seek His guidance, or do we pray on the run?

5. If we have any bad thoughts and habits, do we want to give them up?

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Biography Information:

Cecelia Lester has been serious about her writing for over two decades..

She composes Christian essays and posts them to her blog

She has  served in a faith-based organization, Grace In Action  by writing two newsletters and searching for possible grants.

In July 2017, she published her first book, 'Times of Trouble Bring Rays of Joy.'

She and her husband of 53 years live in central Indiana. They have one grown son.

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