A Prayer for the Peace of Christ
By Andrea Herzer
On the night of that first day of the week, when the disciples had been collectively, with the doorways locked for concern of the Jewish leaders, Jesus got here and stood amongst them and mentioned, ‘Peace be with you!’ – John 20:19
After Jesus’ demise, his disciples had been taking shelter collectively in a locked dwelling. Fearing for his or her lives, they had been hiding from those that had simply helped to execute Jesus. I can’t think about the misery they confronted. Have you ever been dwelling in concern these days? I’ve deep compassion for you, buddy. You’re the motive I’m writing as we speak.
Have you ever ever seen that concern usually travels hand-in-hand with different feelings? Jesus’ followers had been afraid, however they had been additionally grieving the violent demise of their buddy and Savior. Their goals had been shattered. That they had left every thing to observe Jesus, however now their work as his disciples appeared to be at an finish. And to prime it off, they had been afraid that in the event that they ventured outdoor, they may face the identical demise Jesus suffered. Are you, just like the disciples, grieving the demise of a liked one? Have you ever additionally misplaced your job or the goals you had to your future? Learn on to study what Jesus gave his frightened and anxious followers. If you’re his follower, he offers the identical factor to you as we speak.
In Jesus’ first look to the disciples after his resurrection, a door that concern had locked couldn’t preserve him out. Jesus got here and stood amongst them. He had compassion for his or her struggling, as evidenced by his first phrases, “Peace be with you!” After he confirmed them his arms and aspect, he mentioned it once more, “Peace be with you!” (John 20:20-21) Peace. The phrase, in Greek, is eiréné and it implies full wholeness, tranquility, and relaxation. Jesus gave them precisely what they wanted. Their tough circumstances had not modified, however Jesus of their midst meant that every thing had modified. His presence and peace unlocked their braveness and restored their religion. When you want braveness and religion proper now, then invite Jesus into your midst and settle for the peace he offers to all who imagine in him.
Allow us to pray this collectively:
Expensive Jesus, I would like your peace. I imagine that you just died for my sins, and that God raised you from the useless in order that by believing in you I can have peace with God and life in your Identify. Forgive me for permitting the cares of this world to obscure my religious imaginative and prescient.
I confess that I’ve not been trusting your plan for my life and the lives of my family members. You may have given me peace that brings restoration, wholeness, and relaxation to my soul. I’ve allowed the trials of this life to lock me right into a spirit of concern, robbing me of the peace that’s mine in Christ.
Forgive me, Lord. Proper now, I confess my fears and my worries to you. I declare that you just didn’t give me a spirit of concern or cowardice! You gave me a spirit of energy, and of affection, and of soundness of thoughts and judgment. (2 Timothy 1:7)
I do know that rejoicing and delighting in you is a safeguard for my spirit. (Philippians 3:1) Please assist me to observe the self-discipline of thanksgiving every single day, in order that I shall be stuffed together with your peace. (Now, give God thanks, permitting thanksgiving to provide solution to rejoicing and reward.) Thanks, Lord, that I can come to you with prayers and thanksgiving; in return you give me peace that’s supreme over my worries.
I ask for that peace to fill me now, let it watch over and shield my coronary heart. (Philippians 4:6-7) Let your peace have authority in my coronary heart, as a result of that’s your calling for me. (Colossians 3:15) Give me the braveness I would like to inform others about you, in order that they could even have peace with God and peace from God.
In Jesus’ Valuable Identify. Amen.
Having spent the previous 20 years enduring life with a number of diseases, together with Complicated Regional Ache Syndrome (CRPS) and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Andrea Herzer is intimately acquainted with the hardships that accompany debilitating well being points. She writes devotionals on her Fb Group (Abundant Life for Abundant Illness) to assist others discover the pathway to dwelling a life that overflows with the riches of God’s sustaining love even within the midst of ache and struggling. Andrea is at the moment finishing her first devotional guide, The Method By means of Sickness.
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