What started out as daily email reminders for her church's Bible study group, during the period of Lent, became inspiration for the members and their families to know God was present, there for them at all times.
Author Kelly Claibourne was part of the Kerygma class at her church, a Bible Study Fellowship class, and was asked to create email reminders for members to follow their pastor's instructions to pray for our nation at 7:14 in the morning or evening, using 2 Chronicles 7:14 as a guide. This was to be during Lent, the day after Ash Wednesday to Easter.
The Kerygma Class 7:14 Devotional comprises those daily emails Kelly wrote to encourage the members to pray. However, Kelly noticed the more she wrote the prayer emails, the more she felt God was speaking to the members through the messages.
As the emails continued throughout the Bible study's time of prayer, Kelly began to reflect more on how God's Word was comforting life situations that were impacting the group. One member was diagnosed with colon cancer; another passed away right before Easter from a cancer battle; mass shootings and other social issues that caused the group, and nation, to be troubled about the state of our country. Kelly also included meditations about the armor of God from Ephesians 6 and the Lord's Prayer in the emails.
After being told that her prayer emails were also being sent to family members and friends enduring trials, Kelly felt the Lord was prompting her to collect these prayer emails into a book that would be available for all readers, believers and non-believers alike.
The Kerygma Class 7:14 Devotional is a call to those reading to stop trying to handle life on their own and open their arms up to a loving God who wants a personal relationship with each of his children. If we call out for help and repent, He will heal us and our land.