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I’m going to do it. I’m going to write a commentary on this chapter without talking about Jeremiah 29:11, the most famous verse in the whole of Jeremiah. Just watch me!

This chapter is a letter written by Jeremiah to the exiles. Jeremiah had been the guy warning the people about the exile that was to come for years. This was his first message to those same people, who were now living in exile.

The people were probably feeling pretty down. They’d been repeatedly ignoring God’s desire for them to turn back to him, focusing on their own agendas and rejecting God. Now suddenly they were face to face with the reality that he is God and they were not. They were probably feeling confused and hopeless, waiting for the end to come. Of course, in missing God’s commandments and ignoring his prophets, they had also missed his heart. God wasn’t waiting to destroy them, he was actually waiting to restore them.

God’s first instruction is pretty incredible. He in essence tells them to make themselves at home! Build houses, get married and start having babies is the job of the day for the exiles! Their job was to increase, not to decrease (v6). I love verse 7. Babylon is an evil, pagan empire that has destroyed their home and God tells them to pray for its prosperity!

Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper – Jeremiah 29:7

So many Christians today feel that their job is to judge the evil schemes that are above them. We look at politicians, church leaders, bosses at work and diagnose everything that is wrong with them on a daily basis. The problem is that when we start cursing them, everyone loses out including us. Your own blessing is tied into your ability to bless others who have authority over you.

How do we find the strength to pray for the prosperity of my enemies? It’s tied into really believing God’s plan for us.

For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. – Jeremiah 29:11

Well… I tried!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Think of someone who is an enemy to you – a politician, church leader or boss who you really fundamentally disagree with. Pray a blessing over them. Pray for promotion, increased wealth, happy family life, and deep inner joy.  Keep praying when it feels uncomfortable. You are creating an atmosphere in which entire communities get blessed.

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