Israel is and always has been the apple of God’s eye. He holds Jerusalem in His heart. He loves this city.
In September nations began to gather together in Washington DC to sign documents that may offer Israel a respite in their long history of turmoil.
The Bible has given us a directive that is imbedded in these next few verses. “There stand the thrones for judgment, the thrones of the house of David. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ‘May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.’ For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, ‘Peace be within you.’ For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your prosperity.” Psalm 122:5-9
Did you catch the command? “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.” And physical peace is certainly a blessing every day that it lasts. Ezekiel 38 tell us about a land of villages without walls, a land that is at peace. That land is Israel, so peace will come. Joining David in his plea is important. “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.” But what is real peace?
Is it living without war?
Is it freedom to sleep at night knowing that our security systems are intact?
Is it knowing that surrounding lands have laid down their weapons?
All of those are certainly a blessing. But peace, real peace, can only come one way, that is to know the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ. Knowing Christ means we can feel peace in the midst of war. We can experience peace in the middle of chaos. We can rest knowing that our Savior is there in the watches of the night.
As we pray for the peace of Jerusalem, let us pray that they will come to know the Prince of Peace. As we pray for family, friends, neighbors, cities, states, nations, let us pray that all will come to know the Prince of Peace.
Dear Lord, we know that there can be no real peace without knowing You. We pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and for all of Israel, as well as for all our dear ones.