The prophet Jeremiah lived in very rough times, and he heard from the Lord. In our times, every day seems to bring new upheaval. We talk about what used to be “normal”, but the “normal” we knew seems to be changing quickly and fading into distant memory. But the Word of the Lord never changes.
Here is what the Lord said to Jeremiah in the tumultuous days he lived in:
Jeremiah 29:7 Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”
Although we are not being physically exiled from our country to another one, yet the word “exile” can also mean “separation”, “reject” and “cast off”! We are being separated from what we knew to be “normal”. The truth is being “rejected,” and even common sense seems to be being “cast off.” The exile we are experiencing is in the circumstances that are surrounding us. Though all these things can be unsettling, the Lord gives us direction. He reminds us to pray for the city where we live, that it will prosper, and therefore, we will prosper.
Prayer is something we can all do, and it is powerful!