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Why pray?

Posted by on Jul. 27, 2015 at 9:03 AM
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Why pray if prayer is not getting through to God?

Verse: Lamentations 3:43-48

Here it seems that the Lord does not hear or answer the heartfelt cries of his people. It appears as if no prayer is getting through because nothing is changing. Jerusalem and the temple lie in ruins with no immediate hope of reconstruction, demonstrating the pain of the exile.

Jeremiah keeps pressing the people to confront their sin, but they are too dismayed at the terror God has brought upon them. Until they confront the sin that caused their nation to disintegrate, all prayer will be futile.

Sin blocks the effectiveness of prayer. An effective prayer comes from, one having a pure heart and mind (see Psalms 51:10). Only then can one have clear communication with God, both in speaking and listening to him. God will listen to Israel’s needs and speak to her only when she repents. When we cast off the weight of sin (see Hebrews 10:19-22 ; Hebrews 12:1-2 ) we can know that God hears us and responds to our prayers.

This devotion is from The Quest Study Bible by Zondervan. Used with permission.
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Debrowsky Debbie~Admin
by on Jul. 27, 2015 at 9:40 AM

This why Jeremiah wept and wept for his people.  They did not heed or listen at the time of God's call and mercy.  The consequences of their choices had come upon them. 
It's hard to live in the middle of that in our own world.  We can do what Jeremiah did though.  He prayed for others and also kept his own heart clean and pure for God, knowing that He is just and right in His actions.  Jeremiah's eternity was secured with God, regardless of what took place in his physical body.   I have enjoyed reading and learning from Jeremiah so much over the years- because he was a man after our own hearts.  He knew what it was like to be in turmoil, and how to know who our God is. 

redheadstar Patricia~Admin
by on Feb. 12, 2018 at 5:05 PM

BUMP!

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