Jeremiah’s Prayer – Let Us Pray

I am reading through the Book of Jeremiah again and I ran across his prayer at the end of chapter 10. Why it struck me so much this time around I’m not sure unless it is because prophecy and the state of the world is so much on my mind and especially in my prayers.

A couple years ago, I did a post on Daniel’s prayer as found in Daniel chapter 2 and thought this one is Jeremiah would be timely for this year.

Solomon, as The Teacher wrote in Ecclesiastes, “That which has been is what will be, That which is done is what will be done, And there is nothing new under the sun.” – Ecclesiastes 1:9 (NKJV).

And: “That which is has already been, And what is to be has already been; And God requires an account of what is past.” – Ecclesiastes 3:15 (NKJV).

In other words to paraphrase an old cliché, “If we don’t learn from the past, we are doomed to repeat the past.” As man is accountable for his past, so we will be accountable if we continue to repeat it.

It is very obvious to anyone who prays regularly and reads their Bible that human nature does NOT change, unless, and I repeat, unless, the Holy Spirit abides within a person and creates within them a “New Creation.” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

With that in mind, I have minimally adapted Jeremiah’s prayer to reflect what was, to what still is.

Let us pray:

Dearest Heavenly Father, Almighty God:

I know, LORD, that our lives are not our own. We are not able to plan our own courses, our own paths wisely. So correct me, discipline me and lead me LORD, but please be gentle. Do not correct or discipline me in anger, for I would be destroyed and die. Rather Lord, pour out Your wrath on the nations that refuse to acknowledge You – on those who outright reject You, on those peoples that do not call upon Your Holy Name.

LORD, in many ways they have devoured and tried to destroy Your children, those You call by name; they have devoured and consumed them, making the land a desolate wilderness filled with wickedness, corruption and all manner of evil things.

You have promised that those who live in the shelter of You, the Most High God, will find rest within Your shadow. You alone are our refuge, our place of safety; You are our God, and we will trust You. For You alone LORD will rescue us from every trap and protect us from deadly disease. We will take cover under Your feathers. We will find shelter under Your wings. Your faithful and unfailing promises are our armor and protection.

We thank You for everything we have and we are and we pray You be ever glorified and we ask these things for the sake of and in the Name of Jesus Christ.

Amen and AMEN.

Based on and adapted from Jeremiah 10:23-25 and Psalm 91:1-4.

Unless noted otherwise, Scriptures used and adapted from:
New Living Translation (NLT)
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of teaching, encouragement and intercessory prayer from the Holy Bible, the written Word of God and author of the ministry website, For The Love of God. He lives in Delta, Colorado with his beautiful wife of 50+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom they affectionately call Bella.
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