Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up a cry or prayer for them: for I will not hear them in the time that they cry unto me for their trouble. (Jer. 11:14).

“Therefore pray not thou for this people,  when they cry unto me for their trouble.”

It is not the cry of the spirit for grace, but of the flesh only for ease; it is but the fruit of sinful self-love.

The painting: By Orcagna – Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2140424

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