Peace for the Believer
by Peggy Park
“Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
Do you receive lots of email warnings about the times we live in and the disaster that is coming on the United States as efforts are underway to take every Christ related activity out of the public eye? On the other hand, we also are hearing prophetic words that a great revival will start on the West Coast and sweep our country. It is enough to make one live in a constant state of anxiety anticipating what will or will not happen. Our imaginations can run wild with all the information.
Dave Wilkerson’s recent newsletter was full of encouraging words of Scriptural promises for us to hold onto as we contemplate the judgments coming on a nation, where the highest office has declared America is no longer a Christian nation.
Peace can only come by making time to sit in the presence of the Prince of Peace, Jesus. He is the One who can help us to refocus and subdue any panic we may take on by what we hear and read. He assures us, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you” (John 14:27a). It is up to us to embrace that peace and walk in it.
Recently I was in just such an agitated state as I had been hearing so much doom and gloom. As I sat in prayer and meditated on the many Scriptures about peace, I found my spirit soothed and calm. I made a study of the passages referring to peace, writing them all in a notebook. I will have that at hand for the next time I start to let fear grab me.
I am in the “golden years” of life so I may escape much of what is predicted, but I have children and grandchildren just as many do who are reading this. In reflecting on the challenges they may face, I determined that the best thing I can do is pray that they are strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. I pray they will be towers of faith and love the Lord with all their hearts. I am stacking up prayers for them in heaven which will be before the throne of God when my physical voice is silent. I encourage you to be diligent in keeping those in your sphere of influence covered with prayer.
Pray with me: Lord, I thank You that You have promised us peace. In fact You say we have a covenant of peace (Isaiah 54:10). I pray that You will help me to stay motivated to pray deliberately and faithfully for those I love and am concerned about. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.