In recent weeks, I have been reading and informing my prayers from Jeremiah. These verses made an impression on me today.
God wants his people to be “a people, a name, a praise, and a glory” (Jeremiah 13.11).
Instead, this is what they are: “This evil people, who refuse to hear my words, who stubbornly follow their own will and have gone after other gods to serve them and worship them” (Jeremiah 13.10).
Human pride must be abandoned, to enable us to receive God’s guidance.
Hear and give ear; do not be haughty,
for the Lord has spoken. (Jeremiah 13.15)
As we pray for the war in Ukraine, let’s keep lessons from Jeremiah and 1 Corinthians in mind.
— Pray for the church in Russia, Ukraine, Poland, the U.S., and beyond. Ask God for our behavior to reflect his glory.
Ask God to help Christian aid workers to be the best example of God’s people and bring praise to God.
— Ask God to show his children how human pride is a block to hearing God and following his will.
We need to know if our attitudes and actions reflect trust in substitutes for God, rather than God and his purposes.
Let’s humbly listen to God, so we can better align our prayers with God’s intentions in this war.
— The Pope has sent two Cardinals to Ukraine and the mayor of Kyiv has asked all clergy to remain to remain in the city.
Let’s pray for the effectiveness of these representatives of the universal church. May they align with God’s purposes and be used powerfully.
People Divide – God Unites
Influential persons in Corinth created divisions in the fledgling church. Their focus on Paul and Apollos was destructive.
Paul set the record straight.
— 1 Corinthians 3.5-9 – What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you came to believe, as the Lord assigned to each.
I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.
So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.
The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages according to the labor of each.
For we are God’s servants, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building.
The humble, obedient listening to God that Jeremiah called for is a remedy for division.
Paul did not address his message to all of Corinth, but to the church. He expected the church to focus their admiration on Jesus.
God’s people should not be divided over influential leaders but united in their appreciation of God’s grace.
I have prayed for church leaders in Ukraine, Russia, and surrounding nations. The church in the region should not be divided because national leaders have created a conflict.
Church leaders and intercessors should focus on the grace of God and the common purpose the church embraces.
Based on Jeremiah and 1 Corinthians, I have prayed about these themes.
— I pray for God’s people to reflect God’s character and nature.
— I pray that humility opens the door for God’s people to hear and obey what God is speaking to the church.
— I pray that the people of God will understand God’s will and align their lives with it.
— I pray that we will focus more on what the Spirit says to the churches than the rhetoric of national leaders.
There are more applications to today’s Bible passages than what I have written. Paul and Jeremiah have given us a template for obedient living.
Please pray about your response to these thoughts.
Rudy Ross and I discuss this passage on YouTube. Rudy Ross is an excellent Bible student and lover of Jesus. You will appreciate his thoughts. The videos are on the Bob Spradling YouTube channel.
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