Praying For Peace

PEACE

Increasingly we see turmoil, unrest and evil that impacts our world, our nation, our families, our friends.

Many times we feel overwhelmed and unprepared to engage this battle. The apostle Paul who experienced great trouble of his own, had this to say to young Timothy in one of his final letters.

“So, first and foremost, I urge God’s people to pray. They should make their requests, petitions, and thanksgivings on behalf of all humanity. Teach them to pray for kings (or anyone in high places for that matter) 2 Timothy 2:1-2

There were many weapons Paul could have instructed Timothy to use, but he instructs him to pray. No prayers to overcome, or for victory, or that the king or president would be removed.  No, Paul instructs Timothy to make requests, to petition God on the behalf of all people (including kings and rulers and people, like them or not) and  to do it with a heart of thanksgiving.

This was a difficult assignment in that day, especially living in the midst of persecution, and people who want to kill you, (think Nero) and it is difficult for us now.
Christians in our time are driven from their homes. murdered, raped, and thrown in prison. Persecution in the United States is increasing as society and culture alienates itself from traditional Judaeo-Christian values.

Paul experienced trouble and trails of a magnitude few ever have. We see these outlined in 2 Corinthians 11:23-28. In 2 Timothy 2:1-3  and as he awaits his death, Paul encourages Timothy, and believers yet to come to embrace truths, that help us to navigate the confusion, and warfare we face. He explains his strong  exhortation to pray in 2 Timothy 2:2

So that we can lead quiet, peaceful lives—reverent, godly, and holy— all of which is good and acceptable before the eyes of God our Savior

And where does this peace begin?
Prayer: Paul tells Timothy to pray, to urge God’s people to pray. Over and over again in Scripture we are instructed to pray. Why? We connect with and find strength and direction from God through prayer. Through prayer God is magnified and  problems are diminished. We see this principle in Philippians 4 where we are instructed to not be anxious but to “pray about everything” And we also find the promise that through these prayers, petitions, and thanksgiving, God will guard our troubled hearts and minds and bring

Peace: The peace in our lives that Paul speaks of is available regardless of  turmoil that may be occurring in our lives, or in our world. Peace that transcends all understanding (Philippians 4:7). Peace that is not contingent on emotions or circumstances but in conviction and trust that tells us

*God is near

*Nothing can separate us from Him Romans 8:37-38. This leads us to

Worship: When we pray and live in peace, having confidence that God is in control, we refuse to worship the gods of fear, confusion and disorder. The prayer and peace that brings us to worship God causes us to focus on the heart of God and His plan. Our lives become a place of peace in the storms and people are drawn to us. We partner with God in His plan of

Salvation: This is the heart of God, “Who desires that everyone be saved and know the truth”

Prayer, peace, worship, salvation. We must never forget the mission to bring people, all who will come to the Savior. 

Our mission begins with prayer!

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“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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5 Responses to Praying For Peace

  1. Pingback: My Article Read (11-2-2015) | My Daily Musing

  2. mrbeatzz4sho says:

    Reblogged this on El Moses Little Ones Ministries and commented:
    ANOTHER great and powerful message

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