This Sunday:
read Jeremiah 29:1-7

 “Promote the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile,” declared the Lord through the prophet Jeremiah. “Pray to the Lord for it, because your future depends upon its welfare” (Jeremiah 29:7, Common English Bible).  It must have been hard for the exiles to hear this command.  No doubt they wanted to see Babylon fall so that they could return home; but, God reminds them that they have been brought to this place and therefore should work for its welfare.  No doubt the prayer they prayed for Jerusalem (see Psalm 122) should be the prayer for their new home in exile:

Pray that Jerusalem  Babylon has peace:
“Let those who love you have rest.
Let there be peace on your walls;
Let there be rest on your fortifications.”
For the sake of my family and friends,
I say, “Peace be with you, Jerusalem Babylon.”
For the sake of the Lord our God’s house
I will pray for your good.

adapted from Psalm 122:6-9, Common English Bible

No doubt the prayer would have seemed strange at first.  But, as the people prayed it, they would learn to value the peace and welfare of their new home just as much as they sought it for their old one.

When you pray for your community and neighborhood, what prayers do you offer to God?  What do you hope your prayers will accomplish?

As you pray for your community and neighborhood, what prayers might you offer for the welfare of your city and neighborhood?


next week
What are we praying for?
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Paul urges the church in Thessalonica to “pray continually” (1 Thessalonians 5:17, Common English Bible).  What does it mean to pray?

When disaster strikes, when violence and addiction destroy our communities, when loved ones are sick, when we receive unexpected news, how should we pray?

When you pray, what do you pray for?  Are your prayers answered?  What does that even mean?

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