This week we will pray that God will bring a measure of healing to relationships between peoples of the world. We will pray that God will move dramatically to heal the racism and prejudice we see in our own cities, as well as the wars that burn in communities devasted by interracial strife.
Jesus did not promise that peace would prevail in this age. He actually assured us that there would be great conflicts until the end. Nevertheless, it is always right to pray for God to bring peace, and in His power, to make peace.
The peace of God is the infusion of heaven’s life on earth, not the absence of war. Christ’s peace is what love looks like, as people learn to walk in God’s ways and live in his power. Although peace will not prevail in this age, we can be sure that the risen Lord is creating outbreaks of heavens peace in every community as a sign that His kingdom is on the way.
With Global Focus: our prayers will be focused on the peoples, churches, land and peace of Africa
And He will judge between many peoples And render decisions for strong and distant nations. Then they shall hammer their swords into plowshares. And their spears into pruning hooks [so that the implements of war may become the tools of agriculture]; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Nor shall they ever again train for war. Each of them shall sit [in security and peace] under his vine And under his fig tree, With no one to make them afraid, For the mouth of the [omnipotent] Lord of hosts has spoken it. (Micah 4:3-4)