For a long time, praying for peace has been a daily thing for me. I’ve come to desire it greatly.
But why is that? What is peace?
Well, the Bible refers to God as the Lord of peace (2 Thess 3:16) and I’m trying to be like my Heavenly Father.
I used to mistake peace with everything in your life being okay, all of the time. If you require everything to always be working out for you, in order for you to have peace – that’s not peace.
Peace is when life is throwing everything but the kitchen sink your way, but you’re still able to smile. You still have an unexplainable, overwhelming comfort within you.
This type of peace is very closely linked with true joy.
Notice I said joy and not happiness. Happiness is dependent on your present circumstances. If everything is good, then I’m happy. If things are bad, I’m not.
Joy is deeply rooted in the victory we have in Christ. It’s the proclamation that in all things, whether good or bad, happy or sad, God is STILL good and God is still God.
And the best thing about peace and joy is that they are so accessible. All you need to do is trust and believe that God has everything in His hands.
Remember when the Bible says, God knitted you together in your mum’s womb, before you had even been introduced to the world (Psalm 139:13). God, that delicately formed and nourished you, is not about to leave you now.
Once you fully grasp that, you’ll begin to have an unshakeable peace and joy. That’s what I pray for you today.
“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 4:7
“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.” ~ 2 Thessalonians 3:16
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” ~ Psalm 139:13
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” ~ 1 Peter 5:7
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 4:6-7
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” ~ John 16:33
“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” ~ Isaiah 26:3