Praying Through Lent
Week 4- Shalom
We invite you to use these Scriptures and prayer prompts as you walk through Lent this year.
2:1 This is what Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem:
2 In the last days the mountain of the LORD’s temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and all nations will stream to it.
3 Many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 4 He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.
Shalom, God’s peace, is often not something we think about until we need it badly. Shalom often does not quickly come to mind until we find ourselves in big conflicts with family members, neighbors, or co-workers. More often if we remember to pray for peace at all we do it for someone else “out there.” It is easy to forget that it is a lack of peace in our own hearts that allows us to get so frustrated with others and leads us to feeling anxious and worried.
This week let us pray for places like Ethiopia’s northern border… that God may walk among the people fleeing violence there, providing food for those who have none, and bringing an end to the cycles of violence in that region. But, let us not forget to also pray for the peace we need from God each and every day as we seek to serve Christ in our daily walk with Him.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 6:33
Our world is full of violence, and our daily lives can be marred by conflict and turmoil. But God promises His people a peace that surpasses all understanding. Praise God for the peace He has given to us through Jesus Christ, our Lord!