Hastening Peace

His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace.
Isaiah 9:7
In writing on Isaiah 9, Alexander Maclaren said that, "for the individual Christ brings peace with God, peace in the otherwise discordant inner nature, peace amid storms of calamity—the peace of submission to and fellowship with God, of self-control, of forgiveness received. For nations and communities he brings peace which will one day hush the tumult of war, and burn chariots and all warlike implements in the fire. The vision tarries, because Christ’s followers have not been true to their Master’s mission, but it comes, though its march is slow. We can hasten its arrival."

Jesus blessed peacemakers with the knowledge that God would be to them a loving Parent. Yet how often do we act as peacemakers in the world? How often do we pray that God would use us to make peace? Christ grants us inner peace, and empowers us to help heal relationships. And yet we seldom make this a priority.

Maclaren is correct: We can help bring about the promised peace of God through prayer, thought, words, and action. Let us hasten to do so.

You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all.
 Acts 10:36
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me. 
Let there be peace on earth—the peace that was meant to be.
With God our Creator, we're one family;
let us walk with each other in perfect harmony. 
Let peace begin with me, let this be the moment now. 
With every step I take, let this be my solemn vow:
To take each moment and live each moment in peace eternally!
Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me!
After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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