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Jeremiah 15:11

The Lord said: Surely I have intervened in your life for good, surely I have imposed enemies on you in a time of trouble and in a time of distress (NRSV).

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Jeremiah 50:2

Babylon is a dominant world power in Jeremiah’s time that God uses to accomplish His purposes. The prophet says that even Babylon will answer to God. East of Chaldea, the Persian Empire will take over the region and conquer Babylon. This time the Persian King Cyrus will be used by God to alter the course of events. Jeremiah now conveys his firm belief that it is the God of Israel—not kings and their armies—who shapes history. He delivers a strong message from God concerning Babylon (who oversteps her bounds in the treatment of Judah and the other nations). Intermixed is Jeremiah’s message of hope for those in exile. One day, the people of Judah will return home from Babylon. Those who make the journey will find that God never stops loving them, even as He disciplines them. Eternal One: Tell the nations of the world; announce it to them all. Raise a flag—get their attention—tell them! Hold nothing back; tell them, “Babylon has fallen; Bel has been put to shame: Marduk has been shattered. Her images are disgraced; There’s nothing left of Babylon’s idols but broken pieces.”

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Jeremiah 2:30

I tried to discipline your sons, but it didn’t work; they wouldn’t listen. You destroyed the prophets I sent to speak truth to you. You devoured them as a lion does his prey.

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Prayer In Action

Nehemiah prayed on-the-spot when sharing his request to the king.

Jeremiah prayed on behalf of Israel’s decimated army.

Nehemiah’s prayer was answered immediately.

Jeremiah didn’t hear an answer until after 10 days had passed.

In both cases, the prophets’ prayers were on behalf of others, with bigger things in mind than themselves.

One thing that has been holding me back is that my prayers are often self-centered and small.

Another thing preventing me from taking prayer seriously is that I have forgotten the truth of 2 Corinthians 4:18:  “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (NIV).

I don’t act like I believe this.  I focus on what is seen, not what is unseen and eternal.

When Not to Pray

In Jeremiah 7, we find that the Lord tells the prophet not to pray for the people.

There comes a time that even sincere prayer to God will fall on deaf ears.

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