What Things Make Peace For You?

mountain scene and Bible Verse

 

This morning I’ve been praying over hand written prayer requests I carried home from women I met in African towns and villages.

Prayers for healing, for conception, for a husband’s salvation, for peace from tormenting dreams, for a child who has wandered far from God. Prayers for peace in the family, for provision, and for a husband to allow her to attend church.

These are the the things they thought in that moment, would bring them peace.
The things that would stop the pain, end the discord, or meet their need.

 

What’s on your list?
What’s do you need for your peace?

 

When Jesus stood looking out over Jerusalem, He wept. He wept because that city, full of Abraham’s children, didn’t know the things that would make for their peace.

Israel, on that day, wanted freedom from Roman tyranny. Jerusalem hoped for a return of the glory it had experienced under David and Solomon. Thirty years earlier, a few faithful in the city, like old Simeon & Anna, had been waiting for Messiah. They saw Him, as a baby, being presented in the Temple. Were there any others like them in the city now?

 

In our frailty, our humanness, we rarely know what things pertain to our peace. We fixate on our most pressing life circumstances and our most momentarily distressing ISSUE.

 

I don’t know about you, but for me, I’m often clueless about what I really need in my life to have peace.

But God knows.

And He cares.
Jesus wept over a city full of people who needed peace, the peace He wanted to give them, but knew they would reject.

Don’t make that same mistake.

He wants to give us peace.

 

Peace is most often connected to trust in the Bible.

 

I’ve taken the liberty of adding a line to the prayer requests this morning:

God, give this woman faith to trust you for ______________________________.

You will keep in perfect peace
all who trust in you,
all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
Isaiah 26:3

17 Comments on “What Things Make Peace For You?

  1. Thank you for writing about this, Kelly. I know I don’t know what will REALLY give me peace. This revelation, many years ago, allowed me to know how to pray. I know anyone reading this will be led to seek Jesus in a real way so they, too, can know how to pray for peace. ❤ much love to you.

    • The longer I walk with God the more I realize how little I know about almost everything!!! But I do know that He knows. So, I’ve got that going for me 😉 Love you too ❤

    • I couldn’t agree more Dr. Bob!!!
      Prayer is a dialogue, a two way conversation with God, and you’re doing a lot of listening as you read through the Bible. The truth you read will ‘inform’ your side of the conversation making it deeper and richer. I’d love to hear your feelings and observations about the ways your prayer life is being affected by your Bible reading.
      You might not see it now, but in 6 months, in a year, I’m sure you’ll know God more intimately and talking with Him will be an even greater blessing.

  2. Fantastic, Kelly! I too was praying in my last post…there’s always some reason to talk to our Lord…

    Steve 🙂

    • I once heard a woman say that she thought God was the most fascinating person in the Universe and that she didn’t understand people saying they found prayer to be difficult. Difficult??? She said she had a 1000 things to talk to God about every day.
      I loved her zeal for God as the smartest, most interesting person you could ever talk with 😉
      He’s not stuck in a stuffy church where somebody is shushing you if you speak. He came and walked in the garden with Adam & Eve in the cool of the day.
      What do you suppose they talked about?

      • Ha…what a wonderful point of view this lady has on prayer! So many people think there is some particular way in which they have to speak to God. Maybe some of it comes from that idea of a “stuffy church building, etc.!”

        No, we need to bring everything to Him. And when we do, we can speak as a friend, because that’s what we are to the Lord of love!

        I have no idea what topics Adam & Eve spoke with as they walked the garden. But I’ll say that they probably didn’t have any worries about what to say, nor how to say it!

        Enjoy your day, Kelly!

        Steve :).

      • You bet, Kelly! Have an inspired day today…

        Steve 🙂

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