Nothing Wrong in Praying For Your Community
Jeremiah 29:7 – 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.
Matthew 22:39 – And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbour as yourself.
As many celebrated Easter, little did some of them know that that would be their last. From Sri Lanka to Nigeria, many mourned their loved ones. Some who were vexed in their souls went as far as cursing different sects who could be responsible for such treacherous acts. One thing we need to understand is that as painful and inhumane as these actions are, we do not need to respond in the negative as well. God is not ignorant of the things we suffer in the hands of terrorists. If God told the Israelites to pray for the peace of the Land in which God had made them exiled, I believe He would expect even more from us.
Jesus came to save mankind and not destroy them. This includes the terrorists, kidnappers, serial killers and the like. We cannot fight hate with hate, darkness with darkness. Love is what we need in times like this. Imagine if Jesus had allowed James and John to call down fire on the Samaritans. Where ever we find ourselves, whatever the circumstances may be, we should always pray for the welfare of that place. We should pray for the salvation of the souls of the people in that city. The evil we see around us are the results of the sin nature, but thanks be to God who by the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus has redeemed us from the bondage of sin. Take out time to pray for the families of those who lost their loved ones during the Easter attacks.
Dear Lord, I pray for the welfare of my city, because i know in its welfare I will find my welfare, Amen.
Author – Andy