Why pray if prayer is not getting through to God?
Here it seems that the Lord does not hear or answer the heartfelt cries of his people. It appears as if no prayer is getting through because nothing is changing. Jerusalem and the temple lie in ruins with no immediate hope of reconstruction, demonstrating the pain of the exile.
Jeremiah keeps pressing the people to confront their sin, but they are too dismayed at the terror God has brought upon them. Until they confront the sin that caused their nation to disintegrate, all prayer will be futile.
Sin blocks the effectiveness of prayer. An effective prayer comes from, one having a pure heart and mind (see
This devotion is from The Quest Study Bible by Zondervan. Used with permission.