Pray Without Complaining

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. (Jeremiah 29:7)

Jeremiah was a prophet at the time when the Israelites were taken into exile in Babylon. To encourage and strengthen their resolve, Jeremiah offered this encouragement. Pray to God on behalf of the city where you live because when that city does well then you will also do well.

I say we also pray for the welfare of the companies where we work and the success of our places of employment. It is easy to complain about the issues that we experience with our employers. Complaints about elected officials and local leadership is common. I understand that we are human and it is sometimes helpful to talk about things that affect us. I say talk but also pray and ask God to cause our city to succeed. Ask God to help your company to succeed and pray about those areas where there needs to be change.

We cannot join in the hopeless murmuring and complaining of unbelievers around us and when they do complain we have to offer hope. We have hope because our hope transcends this world. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. (1 Corinthians 15:19)

I am not immune to complaining and the best of us want to vent our frustration. Let us also join hands in prayer for a move of God in our cities and for the success of the places where we work. When our cities and companies do well then we will also do well. Pray and resist the urge to complain.

A.P.-Y.

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