“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
It is true, we live in troubled times. Many believers in America today find themselves scratching their heads and wondering… should I really pray for our elected leaders, should I really try to influence government, and should I really try to shape the worldview of the culture?
American believers are tempted to believe that nothing they do, including prayer, will bring about change in our nation which is full of vileness. Let’s face it, our nation is contaminated with rampant immorality such as homosexuality, transgenderism, pornography, corruption of all kinds, and more.
Although this is the case, as believers, our calling in Kentucky and America is to persevere in our efforts to “seek the welfare of the city.” The Old Testament Prophet Jeremiah wrote to the captives in Babylon (Jeremiah 29) and instructed them that even though they were enslaved in a pagan nation they were to continue forward seeking the peace and prosperity of Babylon and also to remain steadfast in prayer for the city.
Then, furthermore, Jeremiah writes to the exiles and says, “for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” This remains true for us today, as we work to shape the worldview of those around us to adopt a Biblical view of marriage, human sexuality, life, and more we are effectively seeking the welfare of the city which will lead to God blessing our land with peace and prosperity.
LET US PRAY…
Father, empower us to fervently seek the welfare of our state and nation. Lord, give us wisdom, strength, and the courage needed to faithfully work to influence our culture to adopt a Biblical worldview. Father, help Your people to understand that we must seek the welfare of our nation so that we ourselves might be blessed by You with peace and prosperity in our land. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.