Thursday, April 3, 2014

America Needs Peace

Peace, peace, wonderful peace, Coming down from the Father above!

Sweep over my spirit forever, I pray In fathomless billows of love!

The words and tune to this old hymn have been echoing in my mind and spirit this week.    America needs peace, and not the "cessation of or freedom from any strife or dissension" kind of peace as defined by, but the Philippians 4:7 kind of peace that transcends all understanding.  

We live in a world of magnified uncertainty.  Unexpected and unexplainable changes are occurring daily. The solid certainty we have counted on for decades, and even centuries, are dissolving before our very eyes.  Our culture has become unrecognizable.

How do we handle this uncertainty?  Without the solid rock of God and His word, there is no place to turn but to anxiety, because nothing makes sense, there is no solution.  

Decide today to trust God, his word, and every promise in it.  It is either all true and or it is entirely unreliable.  I can say without doubt, it is all true.  If the shaking of the world going on around us has created any doubt in you, just look back.  God has never failed you. He is causing all things to work together for your good.

Php 4:6-7  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  (7)  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Pray This Week:

Pray for President Obama and our nations foreign policy advisors.  Pray that they would develop a hunger for God's word and God's wisdom.

Pray for the people of Ukraine and those in that region that are living with the uncertainty, and in some cases, the reality of losing their freedom.

Pray for the families of the missing Malaysian airline that they would know the peace of God in this unbelievably trying time.

Pray for the physical peace of Christians across the globe.  Approximately 400 Christians per day are being martyred for their faith.  More were martyred in the 20th century than all other centuries combined.  

Pray for Christians in America to see the reality of their call and mandate to engage the culture and be a voice in the public square.  

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