“…Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper… ” Jeremiah 29:7 NIV 1984 [italics and emphasis mine]
For those of us who are in foreign land, we tend to be hang up with where we come; we pray and work so hard for our ‘home country’ we read papers and seek information about it day and night. We may be physically away, but emotionally and spiritually we are still back where we come from. While this in itself is not bad/wrong, the text above reminds us of our commitment to the Land that God has ‘caused’ us to be in.
In the text above, Jeremiah told Israel that they still had 70+ years to live in exile; and so he said you may as well start praying for this land for when it prospers [other translations says when it has peace], then you will also prosper. I therefore urge brethren living abroad to PRAY FOR THE COUNTRY/CITY you are in…ask God to give it peace, for when it is in peace, you will be in peace. For others, your exile land may be the job that you have to do for now, company that you have to work for, people that you have to live with, ministry/church that you have to be in—pray that it/they prosper, for if they do, you will too!copyright ©2007 Light to my path † † † by TJM Kyara