“We can communicate with God directly.”

The Beans:

The Background:

Jeremiah was a prophet in the Old Testament (Before Jesus’ time), who was charged with one difficult task after another. He saw extremely trying times for God’s people, but remained faithful to His calling. The Book of Jeremiah is a collection of some of his writings and sermons.

The verse we’re looking at today may sound familiar to you, as it has become famous over time. It is a part of a letter that Jeremiah was writing to the exiles.

The Verse:

Jeremiah 29:11-13

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

The Fill:

What’s the point?

What You Have to Gain Through a Relationship With Jesus:

We can communicate with God directly.

I adore this verse, and have actually preached a sermon or two on it.

The point that I am always sure to highlight is verse 13, which says,  “you will seek me and find me WHEN YOU SEEK ME WITH ALL YOUR HEART.

So often we find ourselves frustrated! We prayed for guidance, but are still confused.

We prayed for an answer, but it never came.

Taking a step back …

How earnestly do we really pray?

How much time do we invest in seeking His answers?

We claim to want peace, to want closeness with God, to live lives the way He calls us – yet, what are we actually doing to find that peace, to gain that closeness, to live that life?

We’re closing out this series, and I pray you feel more compelled than ever before to really devote time to strengthening your relationship with HIm. We went over some pretty great “gains,” after all.

Continue down this journey, friends! Continue to seek Him, and I promise – better yet, He promises, You will find what you need.

The Steam:

What does all of this mean to me/how can I apply that to my life today? 

One of the biggest things we GAIN, out of a relationship with Jesus is the opportunity and privilege to pray.

We have committed the past two weeks to establishing a habit of prayer. I pray this has been a positive experience with impacts that will last a lifetime.

Reflect on how your prayer life has gone over the past two weeks.

Do you want to continue praying the way you have, or is it time to shake things up a bit?

If you’re looking for further ideas, advice, or want to share your journey please don’t hesitate to shoot me a message!

I’d love, more than anything, to hear how this experience has gone for you!!!