This morning, as I was reading the Word of God, a verse jumped out at me that I don’t remember ever having taken notice of before.
“Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf; for in its welfare you will have welfare.” Jeremiah 29:7 NASB
I guess I never noticed this verse before because I haven’t been sent into exile. But do we have to be in exile to apply this verse to our lives? I believe not.
I have to admit that I am not very content sometimes with the city I live in.
We hear sometimes about praying for our country (the National Day of Prayer is coming up this year on May 2 in the USA).
I’ve also prayed for my region I live in.
But my city? I’m not sure I’ve ever prayed for my city by itself.
How strange that we can be unhappy with any situation or place and not think to pray about it!
What if my city would have been much better by now if I had started praying big prayers for it a long time ago?
I guess I won’t be able to find that out.
But I CAN make TODAY the day that I start praying for my city:
- For its spiritual welfare,
- For its churches and pastors,
- For its financial welfare,
- For its businesses,
- For its unemployed,
- For the people who are feeling hopeless,
- For those who are depressed,
- For the lost in need of a Savior,
- For its leaders,
- For justice and truth to be upheld,
- For evil to be overcome.
What about you? Have you ever thought to pray for your city?
What kind of amazing things might happen if we start doing so, each of us in our own respective cities in our various corners of the world??
Let’s do it! Shall we? 🙏