What a week we have had together! I pray you are blessed by what we’ve discovered about Psalm 122. God has given us the command to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, but one of the questions I hear frequently is: How do I do that, short of just repeating the same ‘ol prayer day after day? As we dig deep, we learn deeper ways to pray! I hope you’ll dig into God’s Word in many places and allow it to guide your prayer time.
Time to focus on the last two verses of Psalm 122:
8 For the sake of my brothers and my friends,
I will now say, “May peace be within you.”
9 For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
I will seek your good.
This psalm ends with a bang, but let’s discover more about these verses. Just as discussed previously, there is a theme of friendship and companionship. In studying verse 6, we learned that Jerusalem has a “friend/companion,” and now we find the theme of togetherness emphasized yet again.
While Jerusalem is supposed to be a city of unity, today it is a city that creates global division….opposite of God’s stated desire. But when Jesus comes again, God’s purpose will be fulfilled and Jerusalem will become a place of vibrant reconciliation between God and man, and between people. That, my friends, is what the Feast of Tabernacles is all about!
So, as we pray for peace, we may petition God for redemption of broken relationships between Arabs and Jews, as well as between factions of all sorts. We can pray for healing and restoration, and that all will seek the good of others. Let us not forget there is a heavenly Jerusalem from which our King will one day reign!
Pray for that day to arrive, but also pray for the Prince of Peace to bring lasting peace in the hearts and souls of Jews, Arabs and people of all nationalities and religious beliefs. We all have the same need: Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace!
Shabbat Shalom, friends!