- Jeremiah 29:1-32
“But 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 find your welfare.” –Jeremiah 29:7, ESV
So here you are. Doing the thing you never asked for, hating the place where you have been placed. You begrudgingly submit to the unholy authorities under which the Lord has placed you, knowing God has called you to this place. Uncertain of where your life is going and why you are in this horrid place, you sulk in your heart.
But God calls us to different. Brought under oppressive rule, the prophet cries out that the people are to pray for their city, for in those prayers lay their own welfare. How can it be that by praying for the place you never wanted to be that provision would come? Because the rules of God remain unlike the rules of man. Though you may not like your current place, God calls you to pray for the welfare of that very place. If you want provision for yourself, you must pray for the city in which you live. Though you may disagree with the politics, the location, or the job you have, God calls you to pray for their welfare.
Where have you been sulking? Turn now and pray for that very thing. You may just find that the deliverance you seek is found on the other side of praying for the oppressor.