Coming up next, we will spend 15 days praying through the book of Jeremiah. Jeremiah was the final prophet sent to the nation of Israel and spent 40 years telling the people of Judah to repent of their idolatry and turn back to God. However, “they did not listen or pay attention; instead they followed the stubborn inclinations of their evil hearts” (7:24). It was during Jeremiah’s lifetime that Judah was finally conquered by the Babylonians, and then taken into an exile that would last for 70 years.
Jeremiah’s message of repentance was highly unpopular, and it seems he never had a single person heed his warning and repent. The same message of repentance is equally needed in our culture and in our own hearts today! The question is will we listen and repent of our sins or will we be like Judah and continue to ignore God’s message by bowing down to our own modern-day idols?
Much of our prayer time in Jeremiah will focus on avoiding the sins and heart attitudes of the people in Judah. We will pray against:
-Refusing to acknowledge God
-Not listening to God
-Following the stubbornness of our own hearts
-Clinging to deceit
-Going from one sin to another
-Wearying ourselves with sin
-Having rebellious hearts
Do any of these currently describe your heart attitude toward God? Who else comes to mind that would benefit from having these prayers prayed over him/her? Together, let’s pray for hearts that are softened to the voice of the Holy Spirit, eager to do what is right, and quick to repent of sin.
Join us on a 15-day journey through Jeremiah, and invite someone to pray with you!