Today you should read: Jeremiah 14
This is not a good time for the nation of Judah. Drought has come upon them that the nobles and farmers do not have any water (v. 3-4). During this, the people of Judah are mourning and praying (v. 1), but why does God not accept their prayers? He does not accept their prayer because He knows their true heart. Their true heart is to wander from Him (v. 10) and to listen to prophets that are not speaking the truth (v. 13-16).
Has there been a time in your life where you felt as if God was not listening to your prayers? I think we have all been there. But what is more interesting is the fact that God does not accept the prayers of Judah. For us, I think it is important to check our heart during times of prayer. Are we praying for God’s will to be done or are we praying selfishly? Well, if you ask me, and from this text, God does not accept the selfish prayer. He knows the intentions in someone’s heart, and He can choose not to accept the selfish prayer.
Judah was praying for the drought to end. They were not praying to confess sins and return to God. If they had prayed that, then God probably would have accepted it. Instead, they were worried about their earthly misery and did not understand that spiritual misery (hell) is much worse.
What steps can you take to assure that your heart is pure during prayer?
By: Brice Stockton — Student Ministry Apprentice
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