Prayers without obedience

King Zedekiah and the people didn’t want to listen or obey the word of God.

But neither King Zedekiah nor his attendants nor the people who were left in the land listened to what the Lord said through Jeremiah, Jer 37.2 NLT.

Yet, in the very next verse, they wanted the prophet Jeremiah to pray for them.

Nevertheless, King Zedekiah sent Jehucal son of Shelemiah, and Zephaniah the priest, son of Maaseiah, to ask Jeremiah, “Please pray to the Lord our God for us” v. 3.

Often, people ask us to pray for them, and we are glad to do so.

But prayers without obedience do no good, just as they were useless for the king and people of Judah.

Those who want God to listen to them must first listen to God.

J. Randal Matheny

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6 thoughts on “Prayers without obedience

  1. Good post. I’m working on a similar post that looks at what seems an exception to this principle. One of the overlooked roles of the Old Testament prophet in our study is that he was often asked to pray for others. Besides Jeremiah, Abraham, Moses, Samuel and Isaiah (among others) performed this function.

  2. Expectations of God are always high; of self toward God, not so much. Good words.

  3. Jeremiah 7:16: “Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up cry nor prayer for them, neither make intercession to me: for I will not hear thee.” Praying for disobedient Judah was a waste of breath.

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