Old Testament Prayers

Saturday: Only God Brings the Rain, and Forgiveness


Introduction

We are so glad you are joining us for these daily prayer posts. Over the next four weeks we are going to listen to the prayers of the Bible, and the saints of God. Their prayers are going to teach us how to pray.

Each devotion will take five to seven minutes of your time.

  1. We will look at an insight from those who know something important about prayer.
  2. We will listen to the prayers of people in the Bible—people just like us. And to people who gained a deep measure of spiritual intimacy with God because they prayed.
  3. We will reflect, asking the same four questions each day that invites us to look and listen with intent.
  4. And we will pray, for it is in praying that we learn to pray. And it is in praying that the Spirit changes our hearts.

May we encourage you to grab a notebook, a journal, something to write on as you do each prayer guide. Yes, it will add a few minutes to the time it takes to do the devotion, and it will also deepen your experience and shape your walk with God for years to come.

Look

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

John the Apostle, 1 John 1:9

Listen

The people of God were experiencing His judgment for their sin. It came in the form of famine, war and pestilence. This dark trinity descended upon the people of God and Jeremiah’s job was to tell them why. And, to tell them that even in His judgment God is gracious, merciful and will keep His promise to bless them. Jeremiah set his hope on God, so that the people would as well. And he did so in prayer…

Jeremiah 14:20–22

20 We acknowledge our wickedness, O Lord,
    and the iniquity of our fathers,
    for we have sinned against you.
21 Do not spurn us, for your name's sake;
    do not dishonor your glorious throne;
    remember and do not break your covenant with us.
22 Are there any among the false gods of the nations that can bring rain?
    Or can the heavens give showers?
Are you not he, O Lord our God?
    We set our hope on you,
    for you do all these things.

Reflect

  1. Having read the Word, sit silently for a minute and give God’s Word a moment to settle within you.
  2. Re-read the verses slowly and write down some thoughts that resonate with you.
  3. Ask the Spirit to help you see the deeper longings, desires or motives in your heart that those thoughts are pointing to. (for example: you may write down, “Jeremiah ends his prayer declaring God’s faithfulness.” The Spirit can help us see that deep within we long to know that even when we are faithless, God remains faithful.)
  4. What are some elements of Jeremiah’s prayer of confession and declaration of trust that speaks to you and your life situation right now?

Pray

Using Jeremiah’s prayer as your template and guide, make it your own today.