In one of the most familiar passages for most Bible students, King Solomon of United Israel dedicated the Temple he had built to the Lord. Then he prayed a passionate, well thought out prayer for mercy from God.

For 2 weeks they prayed, made offerings and rejoiced in God’s presence. After the event was over, the Lord came to Solomon and told him that He had agreed to answer Solomon’s requests. As He answered, He showed all of us four of the primary causes of major calamities that befall a people … God’s people!

The lesson from this familiar passage is clear:
A nation’s problems have more to do with the spiritual condition of His people than it does the spiritual condition of the lost within that country! 

Read the passage here:

“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, 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 7:13–14, NIV)

What surprises or touches you about this lesson?