Week beginning: 10th November, 2013
By Fiona Mahendran | Peterborough
"...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 will prosper."Jeremiah 29:7 (NIV)
I wonder whether you have ever reflected on these verses before as part of you christian calling? To seek the peace and the prosperity (or as the ESV translates this phrase, the welfare) of the city in which The Lord has placed you?
The prophet Jeremiah was writing to the exiles that had been carried off by King Nebuchadnezzar and his armies to Babylon. But what is interesting is that he doesn't encourage them to stay separate, not to mix with Babylonians, but instead to get their hands dirty, roll their sleeves up and work for the good of the city in which they were now living.
Of course, as for the exiles, one of the ways in which we can seek the prosperity of the place we live is to pray for it - will we pray for the welfare of the city? Places will only ultimately prosper if its residents turn to God and repent. But, there is so much more to seeking the welfare of our cities. As lawyers, we can be at the frontline of not only evangelism but seeking both peace - resolving conflicts - and a healthy prosperity for the places that we live.
Is that how we see our work? Or are we more like the Jewish exiles in Babylon, so concerned that we might be tarnished or polluted by the unspiritual places that God has put us that we don't roll up our sleeves and get involved?
1. Pray that you will know how best to serve the Lord and those around you where He has placed you this week.
2. Give thanks for the various meetings that have happened in Birmingham, Cambridge and Swansea. Pray for those who have attended these and for those coming to the Liverpool and Bristol events, that they will be encouraged in their faith in Christ.