Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
they shall prosper that love thee.
Psalm 122:6 KJV
This call to prayer for Jerusalem is addressed to all who accept the Bible as God’s authoritative Word. God requires all His people from every nation and every background to be concerned about the peace of one particular city: Jerusalem. For this, there is an important, practical reason. God’s purpose for this age will climax in the setting up of His Kingdom. Each time we pray the familiar words Thy Kingdom come, we are aligning ourselves with this purpose.
We must remember, however, that the prayer continues, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.It is on earth that God’s Kingdom is to be established. His Kingdom is invisible as yet to human eyes, but it is not something vague or amorphous. Ultimately it will have a tangible, earthly realisation. The capital and centre of God’s Kingdom on earth will be the city of Jerusalem. The administration of righteous government will go forth from Jerusalem to all nations on earth.
In response, the gifts and worship of these nations will ﬂow back to Jerusalem. Thus the peace and prosperity of all nations depend upon that of Jerusalem. Until Jerusalem enters into her peace, no nation on earth can know true or lasting peace. To all who heed God’s call to love Jerusalem and pray for her peace, God gives a special, precious promise: Theys hall prosper. The word translated prosper goes beyondt he material realm. It denotes a deep inner well-being, a freedom from care and anxiety. As we align ourselves with God’s plan for world peace by praying for Jerusalem, we experience even now a foretaste of that peace.
Lord, I do now align myself with Your plan and I commit myself to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
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