Praying in a Pagan Land

By Erwin W. Lutzer   •   September 16, 2019   •   Topics:

In truth, only desperate people pray. 

When the Israelites were exiled to Babylon, they were commanded to seek the welfare of this pagan city and to “pray to the Lord” for its people (Jeremiah 29:7). They were to pray for their cruel captors whose armies captured Jerusalem, killed many Jews, and for sport threw Jewish babies against the rocks. 

Let me say it again: they were to pray for their enemies! To pray for their oppressors! They were to pray for the people who worshiped dumb idols that allowed the population to participate in sexual orgies. The Jews found themselves where we are in America today—a minority in the midst of a majority pagan culture. 

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