Lord, be with all the people who will sustain injuries today from whatever happening. Enable them to receive speedy treatment and to get appropriate medication that will bring a rapid recovery. Help them to cope with the shock and to resume their normal activities quickly. Protect them from further accidents. I ask it in Christ’s name – AMEN.
Lord, I pray for all people who are having a bad day. Help them to put on a brave face and to remember that these times happen for most people at some stage. Help them to get through till nightfall and to turn to you in prayer. Help other people around them to cheer them up and to be quietly supportive. I ask it in Jesus Christ’s name – AMEN.
Lord, I pray today for those people living in areas where there is armed conflict. Lord, protect them from harm and danger. Keep them safe from explosions and military activity. Help them to hope for an end to the hostilities and to look forward to good reunions with their loved ones. Hasten peace and normality. I ask it in Christ – AMEN.
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since, as members of one body you were called to peace”
Colossians 3:15 NIV
In understanding peace to be a component of the fruit of the Holy Spirit, we need to be careful not to confuse it with other things that may, on the surface, seem to be peace.
It is not passivity. Some people go through life carefully avoiding any involvement in anything requiring competence, effort, risk or enterprise. Their life is hallmarked by their passive avoidance of just about everything. They let others shoulder the burden of everything. That is not the sort of peace the Holy Spirit brings.
Neither is withdrawal. Some active minds withdraw from the world. “A certain intellectual aloofness marks the withdrawal – it is the detachment of the sage. Mundane affairs are thought to be coarse and vulgar. By a definite act the thinker becomes a recluse in the world of ideas” (W. E. Sangster, the Pure in Heart, 117). There have been religious withdrawal attitudes as well. Quietism (just being still before God) was one. Pietism was another. It advocates that religion should not become involved in the affairs of the world.
Peace is not escapism. Some people use their faith, and especially worship, as a form of getting away from the pressures and concerns of the world. Emotions are roused, people lose all sense of time and of responsibility, mood music and jolly hearty singing can all be a part of it. The attitude is, “Lord, we are here to get away from pressure and trouble and to have a quiet hour with you”.
True peace enables you to face the world, pressure and controversy. And to draw on God’s resources to do so?
Lord, help me to be responsible in your world.
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