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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Prayer of Thanksgiving - Peace


“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock” (Isaiah 26.3-4).

You, holy God, are peace itself. You are not torn apart by internal struggles of light and dark, good and evil, right and wrong. You are the God of peace and to have you is to have your peace “which surpasses all understanding,” a peace that can guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4.7 and 9). Therefore, in the midst of a fluctuating world, a world of upturns and downturns, fixing our hearts on you anchors us in peace. Thank you!

“O LORD, you will ordain peace for us, for you have indeed done for us all our works” (Isaiah 26.12). And so, when we were “alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds,” you stepped forward and brought about  our peace with you through your Son, Jesus, who has now reconciled us to you “in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present” us “holy and blameless and above reproach before” you (Colossians 1.21-22). And now “we have been justified by faith,” and therefore “we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5.1). No matter how we feel, no matter what our emotional state, you, O God of peace, have made us to be at real peace with you through the cross of Jesus! Thank you!

“Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you” (2 Corinthians 13.11). Because you are peace, and have made us at peace with yourself, we can now be at peace with one another. Your reign and dominion is characterized by “righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” and now we can freely “pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding” (Romans 14.17 and 19). O God of peace, thank you!

Glory to you, O God most high!

Mike


{I hope you find this prayer thought provoking. But more than that, I hope this prayer will enhance your relationship with God. If you use this prayer for something other than personal use, please give credit where credit is due. Thanks, Mike}

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