The text is often quoted as a promise for the healing of America. The passage concerns a promise made by God to King Solomon for the nation of Israel. One can find consolation in this text, but one must realize that there are certain conditions to obtain that comfort.
The first condition deals with believers, those who are called by His name, Christ. Not everyone in this community professes to be Christians. Those from various denominations and those professing to be followers of Christ are His people. God is addressing His followers.
The second condition requires believers to become humble. The Bible speaks of the meek inheriting the earth. Believers need to be mild-tempered and have a gentle spirit. Christians cannot have an arrogant attitude and a hostile spirit. According to Apostle Paul in his letter to the Galatian Church, believers are to possess the fruit of meekness, or humbleness.
The third condition requires an active prayer life. It is easy to become complacent in spending time on one’s knees in prayer. Apostle Paul exhorted the Thessalonian Church to pray without ceasing. It is easy to be lazy and not exercise one’s spiritual well-being. Any exercise requires the effort of a participant.
The fourth condition possesses a similar condition to the previous requirement. One can find God’s face when time is spent in fervent prayer. God’s face can be found in the Bible. The gospel of John describes the Bible as being God: “...the Word was God.” One can see God’s face in his house, church.
The fifth condition deals with sin in the camp. No believer likes to hear the words, “Quit sinning.” The term “sinning believer” sounds like an oxymoron. God’s Word speaks of these situations in the Old and New Testaments. King David, a man in whom God looked upon with great favor, asked God to cleanse him of secret faults in the 12th verse of the 19th Psalm. David asked God in the next verse to keep him from presumptuous sins. In the New Testament, the Epistle of James exhorts readers in chapter four and verse eight to be no longer double-minded and to cleanse their hands.
When believers become humble, pray, seek God’s face and abstain from sin, then changes can come to one’s land. When Christians pray, repent and turn their eyes toward heaven, then God is going to answer. Great things will be on the way. Remember Paul’s exhortation to the Galatian Church: God is not mocked. If one will plant righteousness, one will reap righteousness. It is time for believers, Christians, to look in the mirror.