Forty Days of Prayer March 18
There are many things in scripture we are asked to pray for, and one of these we have not mentioned yet in this season of prayer is peace. Peace is an elusive state, and one can find it in the middle of conflict yet people often lack it when there are little or no problems in their lives. Hear this call to pray for peace from the Book of Psalms.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.” (Psalm 122:6-7)
I have never been to Jerusalem. One of my goals, sometime in my life, is to lead a tour to the Holy Land. A few times I have been thinking about getting a group together to go there, but there has been an escalation of conflict and war that caused me to reconsider. Jerusalem and the Holy land is the most fought over place on the entire planet. The plea to pray for peace in that part of the world is almost a constant through human history. Jesus wants us to be peacemakers and that is a part of our faith and ministry to the world around us.
In another way peace is something our Lord wants us to have even in the midst of conflict. Peace within your walls is this kind of peace. Jesus wants us to have a peace that passes all human understanding. (Phil 4:7) This peace is not because of the situations that surrounds us in life, but because of the blessings that Jesus gives forever that supersede any of life’s problems and worries. The 23rd Psalm reminds us of this when the Psalm states, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me, Your rod and Your staff they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4) The world and all of it’s problems look like mountains around us, but what gives peace is the presence and promise of our Lord. That is a gift we are called to share with all people.
In Christ’s Service, Pastor Dave
Heavenly Father we pray for peace around the world. We pray for peace in Jerusalem, we pray for peace in Afghanistan and anywhere there is violence and evil. Bring peace to neighborhoods and families that are troubled. Bring Your peace within our minds and souls. Bring us the peace of Jesus that passes all human understanding. Your first words to the disciples after the resurrection were, “Peace be with you.” Give us that peace Lord, that You bring in every place and situation. Amen.