Wednesday, May 21, 2014

An Intercessional Priority

Scripture: Psalm 122:6-9
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: "May they prosper who love you. "May peace be within your walls, And prosperity within your palaces." For the sake of my brothers and my friends, I will now say, "May peace be within you." For the sake of the house of the LORD our God, I will seek your good.

Insights:   Warren Wiersbe writing about these verses stated, “The name ‘Jerusalem’ means ‘foundation of peace,’ and yet the city has been a center of conflict for centuries.  If we understand biblical prophecy correctly, there can be no peace in Jerusalem or on earth until the Prince of Peace reigns on David’s throne (Isa. 9:6-7; Lk. 1:26-33).  So, when we pray for the peace of Jerusalem, we are actually praying, ‘Thy kingdom come’ (Mt. 6:10) and ‘Even so, come, Lord Jesus’ (Rev. 22:20)….The ‘prosperity’ mentioned in verse 6 does not refer to material wealth but primarily to the spiritual enrichment that comes to those who love God, His Son, His Word and His chosen people….It is selfish to want personal prosperity when the emphasis here is on the city of God, the chosen people of God (vs 6-8), and the house of God (vs 9).”  Verses eight nine give us the application of praying for one another and for the ministry of the churches.  We belong to each other and we must help each other and prayer is our greatest vehicle to help one another.  Beloved, let us have a continual attitude of prayer and seek the Lord while He may be found among us  Let us be empowered by His faithful present and live obediently to what He reveals through our prayer time alone with Him.  May our lives bring Him glory, honor and praise!

  1. Are you regularly praying for the Lord Jesus to return and bring peace to Jerusalem and the world?
  2. Do you pray regularly for your fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord?

Prayer: Father, send Your Son, Jesus back to earth quickly.  Let Him bring peace and let us rest in You for all eternity.  Until that day, may my brothers and sisters live lives that point to You and Your glory. Amen.

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