When Do We Stop Praying?

Q. I have a question regarding praying for our country. Referring to Jeremiah 7:16, isn’t there a point where God’s patience runs out and His mind is made up regarding the fate of a peoples. I can’t help but think that the United States has reached that point where we have stuck our finger in His eye one time too many and judgement is sure to come. How can we know when we have reached this point?

A. In Jeremiah 7:16 God told the prophet, “So do not pray for this people nor offer any plea or petition for them; do not plead with me, for I will not listen to you.”

I think we’ll know things have reached that point in the US when the rapture of the Church takes place. In 1 Thes. 1:10 Paul said Jesus will rescue (deliver) us from (out of) the coming wrath. The Greek words Paul used mean He will take us out of both the time and the place of judgment.

Until that happens, we should keep praying, especially for the sake of those who are in danger of being left behind. God is not committed to save any nation but Israel. But He wants as many individuals who will come to be saved (1 Tim. 2:3-4).

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