Peace on Earth Day 13 – Praying for Peace
“Let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.” (1 Peter 3:11, ESV)
“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.” (2 Thessalonians 3:16, ESV)
“For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” (Romans 8:6, ESV)
Our topic today is about praying for peace. We live in a world that is anything but peaceful. You can turn on the news and see turmoil in the Middle East, fighting in Ukraine, protests in Europe, and unrest on the streets of the United States. You can open your phone and see videos of people fighting, people getting into arguments with strangers online, even your own neighbors arguing on the neighborhood Facebook page. Perhaps even within your own home there’s turmoil, and maybe even a lack of peace within your own mind.
The point is that we are very familiar with living in a world where there is no peace. Thankfully, we serve the One known as the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6), and have access to a throne of grace where we can make petitions to our Heavenly Father. Although one day we will be in the presence of our Savior and experience eternal peace, we still need to pray for peace on this earth. We should, in the meantime, pray for peace within our own minds, our own families, our local church, our community, our nation, and our world.
We have a responsibility as believers to pray that lost sinners will find peace in Christ, to pray for world leaders to act in a peaceful manner, to pray for peace and unity within our local churches, and we are even called to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. The Christmas season is a great reminder that peace is possible through Christ Jesus. Let us take a few moments this time of year to pray for peace.