Why God Tells Jeremiah Not to Pray: Jeremiah 7:16
God tells Jeremiah not to pray for the people of Judah in Jeremiah 7:16, but Christians are told to pray on every occasion, so does that mean there are times when we shouldn’t pray?
Jeremiah’s Historical Setting
Jeremiah tells the people that they have been disobeying God by stealing, adultery, and idol worship, and that God did not hesitate to let the tabernacle be destroyed and the ark of the covenant be taken by the Philistines when they treated it like a lucky rabbit’s foot.
Jeremiah should not pray for things to stay the same, with His people believing they are protected from the consequences of their sins because they are near sacred things, because God has a need to clean out His promised land from corruption and a wrong attitude toward His holiness.
Jesus Cleans House
When Jesus gets out his whip and cleans out the temple of the money changers in Matthew 21, he quotes Jeremiah 7:11 (a den of robbers). It was time for Jesus to do a big house cleaning!
Jesus Cleans House in Us
In Jeremiah 7:16, God tells Jeremiah not to pray for the people, and Christians today must fight the attitude of being at ease with their holy things. Instead of asking God to remove the consequences of sin, we can pray that the consequences will lead people to God.
Where does the Bible say not to pray for someone?
Then, in Exodus 14:15, God essentially tells Moses, “Stop praying!” Now, as a pastor who preaches on prayer all the time, I find that very interesting, and I will state unequivocally that I would never tell anyone to stop praying.
What is the main message in the book of Jeremiah?
His book is intended as a message to the Jews in exile in Babylon, explaining the disaster of exile as God’s response to Israel’s pagan worship: the people, according to Jeremiah, are like an unfaithful wife and rebellious children, and their infidelity and rebelliousness made judgment inevitable, though restoration and a new beginning are still possible.
What does God tell us to pray for?
God’s desire, according to the book of Ephesians, is for us to pray “on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests” (Ephesians 6:18).
Does the Bible tell us to pray for others?
u201cConfess your sins to one another and pray for one another so that you may be healed; the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.u201d James 5:16.
How do you pray for someone examples?
Almighty God, for this life and the life to come, we entrust all who are dear to us to thy never-failing care and love, knowing that thou art doing for them better things than we can desire or pray for; through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen. Lord, please give my treasured friend love and blessings without end.
Why the book of Jeremiah is so important?
In addition to the prophet’s own words, Jeremiah contains a significant amount of biographical and historical material, which is especially valuable because it reveals the prophet’s personality more clearly than any of the other prophetic books reveal their authors’ personalities.
What did Jeremiah say about Jesus?
Jesus establishes the new covenant4 with his blood through his death on the cross, where God’s law is written on people’s hearts, God is their God, and they are God’s people; all of this is fulfilled in Jesus Christ.
What are the characteristics of Jeremiah?
Jeremiah was sensitive, introspective, and perhaps shy by nature; he was barred from sharing in his people’s ordinary joys and sorrows and did not marry, allowing him to say, “I sat alone,” with God’s hand on him.
What is the 4 types of prayer?
u201cPrayer is the raising of the mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God,u201d writes John Damascene. This definition encompasses the four main types of prayer: adoration, contrition, thanksgiving, and supplication.
What is the best prayer to God?
Loved God, I pray that you will comfort me in my suffering, strengthen the hands of my healers, and bless the methods used to cure me; give me such faith in the power of your grace that I may put my complete trust in you even when I am afraid; through our Savior Jesus Christ, Amen.
What does Jesus say about prayer?
u201cDo not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in synagogues and on street corners to be seen by men… but when you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your father who is unseen,u201d Jesus taught.
What happens to us when we pray for others?
Prayer demonstrates a genuine affection for others and their well-being, as the entropy of the universe increases ever so slightly as the brain creates heat from doing work, which is the same thing that happens when one prays for someone else’s bad.
What are the benefits of praying for others?
We may feel helpless at times u2014 a loved one is out of reach, someone is gravely ill, or a situation has spiraled out of control u2014 but we can always pray. Praying for others is not only our privilege and duty, but it can also be our salvation. When we pray for others, something happens in us.
How do you effectively pray for others?
Here are seven ways to pray for the people on your mind:
- Let the Lord know you’re available to be the answer to the prayer(s) you’re praying for people.
- Let the people know you’re praying for them and ask if there’s anything they’d like you to pray for.