History has shown us the damage that happens when there is not peace among the nations. Just one unpeaceful country can wreak havoc that can affect the entire world. We can look at some of the wars that affected almost the whole world and see that there were just a few dictators that caused the unrest and war that followed. Many lives are lost and countries are changed forever. I think of the terrorist attacks on our country on September 11 and how our security that was lost as a result. Suddenly, as a nation we felt vulnerable and the terrorist actions were no longer something we saw happening to other countries. It happened to us, and it was one of deadliest terrorist attacks ever. Yesterday, I wrote how God calls us to make peace with those around us; war is a large scale version of the need to have peace with our neighbors. Please read Psalm 122:6-9.
In this Psalm, we can see that we are to pray for the peace of our country. Thursday was the National Day of Prayer. This day was started so we could spend time as a nation praying to God for our leaders, lawmakers, and citizens of our country. We also spend time on that day collectively praying for peace with other countries. In this Psalm, I see such a wonderful example of how we can pray for our country. Unfortunately, many people do not participate in the National Day of Prayer. The National Day of Prayer is great because it unites us with a common cause and prayer; however, we are to pray for our country throughout the year. What do we pray over our nation?
Looking at Psalm 122, we pray for the peace of our country both internationally and within our own country. We pray for security both internationally and individually. Verses 8 and 9 go beyond prayer and shows how we can promote peace with our actions. “For the sake of my brothers 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.” Not only are we to pray for peace, but we promote peace by speaking of it and seeking out the prosperity of those around us. Imagine what would happen if we prayed peace over all the other countries in the world and thought of their well-being as well!
This scripture is very convicting for me because it reminds me of how little I pray for peace of not only our country, but for other countries as well. We need to be on our knees as a country and crying out for peace! The only way true peace can be achieved is through God and we need to ask Him!
Are you praying for peace? Are you praying for the prosperity of not only the USA, but for the nations of the world?