Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | August 24, 2013

August 24, 2013 “The True Nature of Peace”

“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.”  For the sake of my family and friends,    I will say, “Peace be within you.”  For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your prosperity. (Psalm 122: 6-9)

Good Morning Ambassadors of Christ!

Unrest in Egypt…chemical warfare in Syria…continued warfare in Afghanistan…saber-rattling in Korea…these are troubling times in which we live. As troubling as these times are, they are not new. For centuries since the Fall of humanity in the Garden of Eden, this has been the way of the world. This Psalm of David is a stark reminder of that reality, and what our response should be to the ever-present threat of “wars and rumors of wars.” David calls out for the people of his kingdom to pray. “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:” David is making a plea before his people to direct their prayers to the God of peace. At the time of David, Israel was a warring nation. But the peace sought in the verses of this Psalm is a prayer that encompasses much more than mere absence of conflict, as desirable as that is in and of itself. It is a prayer that suggests peace in the sense of completeness, health, justice, prosperity, and protection. Such security cannot be provided by the world. This sort of expansive peace can only come from “God-faith” , because God alone embodies all these characteristics of peace in His being. To truly have peace of mind and peace with others, one must first have peace with God. Notice how David puts it in this Psalm: “peace be WITHIN you.” True completeness, health, justice and prosperity are inner traits, and are found in a right relationship with God. This was David’s prayer for his people. What is your prayer for your family, your friends, your church, your nation, your world, yourself? Let’s pray!

Everlasting father and Prince of Peace: It is in You we find security and completeness. It is in You that justice and prosperity in their truest nature dwells. It is in You that we are truly protected and at peace. It is to You, then, that we turn today as we pray for peace…peace in our hearts and our homes…peace in our community and nation…peace in our world in our time. hear our prayer, O Lord, that we make in Jesus’ Mighty Name. Amen!

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