Heal Them vs. Heal Me
I heard people crying out to the Lord, “Heal our land! Heal our land!”
In response, I saw the Lord focus his attention on someone’s house and yard.
The person crying out could feel the gaze of the Lord. “No! I didn’t mean this land. I meant THAT land.” and pointed to a part of society they abhorred. "Heal THAT land, Father."
But the Lord’s gaze did not shift. His focus remained on their home and yard.
“No, no, no. Not my home. Heal THAT home.” they shouted in desperation and motioned at their neighbor’s house.
They felt His unrelenting gaze burrow deep into their soul. His undivided attention made them uncomfortable. They felt His love, but also His fire. They felt exposed, naked, seen. And yet, they also felt loved, awakened, and known.
And they were silent.
They realized that the Lord first wanted to deal with their heart and their home. The prayer they were using to leverage change in the world had become a doorway for their own healing.
Humbled and moved by His love, the person kneeled down in surrender and said, “Okay, Lord, heal me.”
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