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Day 296: Confident Prayer

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Sunday, October 23rd, 2016
Jeremiah 42:1-44:23
2 Timothy 2:1-21
Psalm 92:1-93:5s
Proverbs 26:3-5
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

…and [the people] said to Jeremiah the prophet, “Please, let our petition be acceptable to you, and pray for us to the Lord your God, for all this remnant (since we are left but a few of many, as you can see)”…  – Jer 42:2

You don’t need someone else to pray for you! The Cross of Jesus Christ has given you access to God’s presence. He invites you to “boldly approach the throne of grace” (Heb 4:16). You can pray on your own, knowing that 1) God hears and 2) when you ask according to His will, your prayer is as good as answered!

There was a fundamental breakdown in Israel’s prayer life. God had invited His people to speak to Him directly (Ex 20:19), but they declined. Instead, they chose to rely on men like Moses and Jeremiah to speak to Him for them. They abdicated their responsibility to pray for themselves – and their privilege of being in God’s presence – to someone else.

God wants to restore balance in your prayer life! You don’t need to ask someone else to pray for you. Pray for yourself, with boldness and confidence, knowing that when you pray according to His will, you have the petitions you have asked (1 Jn 5:14-15)!


Father, fill me with confident prayer! Remind me that I don’t need someone else to pray for me. Because of the Cross, I get to pray for myself!


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