What does it take to bring healing to a nation? How is one’s country transformed? Throughout the scriptures, God says that no matter what takes place in a nation, He will always keep for Himself a remnant of people who remain faithful to Him. No matter the tumultuous circumstance of a country, there is no place that God cannot redeem, heal and set free when the remnant rises up and cries out to God.
In Joel 2, Israel was experiencing a series of judgments that ravished the land. They blew the trumpet and sounded the alarm for the people of the nation to hear. In 2 Chronicles 7.14, God calls “My people”- those called by God’s name. Throughout the scriptures and across history God has always kept some of His people set apart for Himself. This company of set-apart people were moved by His Heart and they acted as hinges upon which God changed the course of history (His-Story). In the Bible, they were called the Levites, Nazarites, Remnant, Prophets, Apostles, Disciples, Lovers of God, Followers of Jesus, Followers of the Way, those who stand in the gap, the first fruits etc. Like in the times of prophet Elijah God has kept to Himself seven thousand who have NOT been contaminated by falsehood. So it is in every generation, in every nation just as it was in the times of Elijah so it is now.
Deuteronomy 32.20 also reveals a powerful spiritual principle in the midst of battle or trouble, that when we gather together, there is power and synergy in the spirit. One person puts 1,000 to flight, but two have victory over 10,000! Jesus turned the world upside down with 12 apostles. Surely we, as those called by His name can call upon the name of the Lord and see healing and transformation in our land. When the remnant of God, those called by God, come together, we become like the hinges of a large door. It only takes a few to turn the whole door and change the history of a nation.
When the trumpet is blown and the gathering is planned, will anyone show up? Who will come? Everyone seems so busy with their own lives, families, etc. God tells us in Psalm 110.3, that people will willingly come in the day of God’s power. There is nothing that will keep someone God has called from coming. No tiredness, other activities, or distractions- nothing will keep a willing heart from heeding the call of God on that day. We need only to be faithful in trumpeting the call and leave the drawing of the people to the Holy Spirit. To those who hear, their hearts will be softened and they will respond.
As those who are called by the Lord gather, we follow God’s prescription in 2 Chronicles 7.14 for the healing of nations, “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 will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (NKJV) This is the foundation for our regional and national gatherings. Coming humbly together before God, we inquire of Him and seek Him for our land. We commit to do what He says. Whatever wicked ways He reveals within us, we repent for on behalf of a nation as Daniel and the prophets did. Embedded in this passage is our promise- It is impossible for God not to respond to the humble cries and repentance of His people. He will hear from heaven, he will forgive our sin and he will heal our land.
In our inquiring of the Lord, we remember the story of David when Saul was already influenced by demons and there was no rain in the land. David sought the Lord to ask why this was happening (2 Sam. 21.1). What was the consequence of such suffering in Israel? God told David it was because Saul violated his agreement with the Gibeonites and thus there was an economic crisis and famine in the land with no rain for years. Once David had the key, the cause of the suffering, he could address it and bring restoration. Like David, we ask God for the Gibeonite Key – one or two things that brought a curse or judgment on the land. We ask God what is the Gibeonite key for the nation.
The early church in Acts 13 took a page from King David’s book and gathered together to minister to the Lord. During their adoration to the King, God gave them divine strategy. David experienced this many times. He was a singing theologian. The depth of revelation that He had of God often came in the midst of him giving God thanks and praise. God releases the spirit of wisdom and revelation in our midst when we are fascinated with the heart of our King. He cannot help Himself. He loves when we talk to Him, sing to Him, and thank Him. We are His children. We move His heart with our loving adoration, just as children move the heart of their parents when they give them “the look” and say, “Daddy, can I have this?” God will not resist the pure of heart and an honest request. It’s His great pleasure to give us every good and perfect gift from above.
When we come together, we cast our crowns to the feet of Jesus just as they did in coming before the Throne of God in Revelation 4. Whatever passions, agendas, the busyness of life or desires we carry, we lay them down at the feet of Jesus to hear His voice afresh for our time together on behalf of our nation. We lay down our hopes, expectations, and submit ourselves before our Beautiful God, so that our hearts are open to hearing how He wants to move and we commit to obey what He says.
We believe that Slovakia is the inheritance of our Lord Jesus Christ. David heard a conversation around the throne room of God when Father God tells Jesus to ask Him for the nations as an inheritance. We, as God’s people have the privilege to partner with the Father in answering Jesus’ prayer by preparing our nation to be a resting place for the King, an inheritance of our Lord Jesus Christ.