Background scripture of the lesson - Jeremiah 29:1-14
Verse 12 - Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
Jeremiah was divinely called - his appointment and anointing was by God. He was called and sanctified before his birth to be God's prophet.
Verse 1 - Speakers and Hearers
Verses 2, 3, 4,5, 6 - The Captives, Captivity in Babylon, The People Advised to Settle Down Quietly in Babylon
Verse 7 - Intercession, For Country, National Welfare
Verse 9 - False Prophet
Verse 8 - The People Warned
Verses 10, 11 - Captivity Foretold, Duration of the Babylonish Captivity
Verse 12 - Efficacy (power to produce action) of Prayer, God Promises to Hear Prayer
Verse 13 - Conditions of Acceptable Prayer, In Sincerity ******PROMISE******* Pardon for sins and iniquities promised
It is better to act under God's appointment/anointing than Man's appointment/your skills/knowledge.
While reading the book of Jeremiah God seems to be patient and he wants the people to repent before it is too late.
Christians need to be most careful what they say and do. I do believe it is a dangerous thing to play with God. I believe if our words and actions do not match up with the walk we profess to have we are in serious trouble if we do not "seriously repent."
Scripture reference taken from KJV Topical Bible, Crusade Bible Publishers & KJV Precious Promise Bible The John C. Winston Company