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
How can we heal the wounds in a nation if the body of Christ is hurting?
Around the world we see the promise of 2 Chronicles 7:14 come to pass over and over. When God’s people gather and humble themselves to seek Him, He hears from heaven and brings unprecedented healing and change to the land, to the culture, to all aspects of society.
Our call to this ministry of reconciliation came several years ago when the country of Tanzania was in a crisis. We felt God saying, “How can we heal the wounds in a nation if the body of Christ is hurting?”
How is the body of Christ hurting? When there are divisions and lack of unity, we are hurting Christ himself, and going against his final earthly prayer in John 17 that we be one. The walls and fences raised between Christians are harming the reputation of the body of Christ and lessening its influence in the world. A divided body not only loses its voice in society, but spiritual authority is weakened. One of the key strategies of the enemy is to paralyze the body of Christ and hinder the work of God by using disunity and division as his primary weapons.
Building Bridges and Tearing Down Walls
We believe that spiritual unity and united prayer can heal the wounds in the nations. We dream of building bridges of relationship and tearing down walls of division. In the past 5 years, the Impact People International team has travelled more than 80,000 miles and has had over 80 reconciliation conferences all over Tanzania involving more than 8,000 bishops and denominational leaders.
In city after city, we have seen church leaders of all denominations come together for the conferences. We have seen an outpouring of a spirit of forgiveness and unity. And from that place of fresh unity came a fresh sense of God’s presence along with a passion and power to pray for the healing of the nation. The conferences have strengthened unity among leaders and now many of the pastors meet regularly in various towns for prayer. In some cities, Christians have formed prayer fellowships across denominational borders.
Although we have reached many strategic cities, there are still more places we would like to visit with this message. We desire to build on the foundation that has been laid and continue with more city-wide and regional conferences. When the body of Christ is reconciled and true unity is established, we have the authority to pray for God to heal the land.
When the body of Christ stands together in prayer and unity, it can truly change the destiny of a nation.