Jeremiah then added that the manner in which we are to seek the welfare of the city is by praying for the city. Prosperity for the city will come through prayer. This does not mean that we don’t do anything else, but it does mean that the bare minimum is that we pray. How should we pray for the city? David’s instruction in Psalm 122:6–9 is a prayer for the peace of Jerusalem. These principles are transferable to prayers for the welfare of another city.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!
“May they be secure who love you!
Peace be within your walls
and security within your towers!”
For my brothers and companions’ sake
I will say, “Peace be within you!”
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
I will seek your good.
We are called to seek the welfare of the city by praying for the economy, safety, leadership, and people of the city. We pray for the financial prosperity of the people, that they would be economically secure. We pray for the defense of those in the city, that they would be safe. We pray for those who govern from the towers, that the leadership would be effective in achieving good things. We pray for all people, that they would experience peace within. Praying for the welfare of the city is simply praying for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matt. 6:10). We ask for the true and full welfare of the city, which comes only when the people have peace through our Lord Jesus Christ (Rom. 5:1).