I've read or heard 2 Chronicles 7:14 several hundred times through the years.
"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."
Every time the country is hurting, the spiritual ones among us pull it out like a bottle of tonic and dose it freely as if repeating it loud and long will somehow convince the Lord to intervene in the messes we create.
I hold true the promise God made to Solomon. And, I believe it can honestly be applied to Christ's church in this day. But, I don't think I have ever seen a group of individuals seriously engage our part of that conditional promise. I know that I have not done so.
I also know that God is leading me to do so now.
So...what if I did seriously engage my responsibility, and what if a small group of other believers did the same? What might happen?
Well...according to the other part of the promise...the Lord will hear from heaven, forgive my sin, and heal the land. Only, in this case, the "land" is my mind and my spiritual being, not a piece of ground.
Ok...that all sounds good, but what does that have to do with transforming a nation?
Just this. A "healed" mind and spirit becomes a fertile place in which God begins to plant thoughts and desires consistent with his plan. As He cultivates those thoughts and desires, they mature into assignments for action in individual lives. Add some time and the courage to act as assigned, and something's going to change somewhere exactly in line with God's plan.
Those assignments become the "doing" most of us crave. But, it's action that has been prescribed by the Lord, not by me...huge difference.
So, my job is not to figure out something to do to please God. My job is to diligently pursue these responsibilities and wait for His assignment.
My job...humble self, pray, seek God, turn from sin.
Hold on tight,