A reflection on peace

Reflections of the day

Matthew 5:43-44

Love for Enemies

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbour
and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.

The prayer that yields the richest rewards of grace is the prayer we pray for our enemies.

CROFT M. PENTZ,

A reflection on peace

Heavenly Father,

We are able to see that for many of us it is difficult to live in peace with all. We are able to see that these difficulties are ones that are often with our families, we are able to see that these difficulties are ones that are often with our friends and we are able to see that these difficulties are ones that are often with our work colleagues. We are able to see that if anger does not dissipate it can cause harm within relationships. We are able to see that often anger can be dispensed with if we are able to say sorry for our actions. We are able to see that forgiveness is an important move to heal relationships.

Heavenly Father, we are able to see that your Scriptures teach us much about living in peace. We are able to see that your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, made peace for us by the blood of the cross. We acknowledge that your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, died for each and every one of us, and we acknowledge that his death was to show us the way to you.

Heavenly Father, we are able to see that you love us all, and we are able to see that it is your desire that we  love our neighbours. We are able to see that to be a peacemaker we need to choose our words carefully on occasions, and we are able to see that at times we may need to remain silent. Heavenly Father, we are able to see that for many of us this is a difficult task, and we are able to see that  for many of us often the wrong thing is said.

Heavenly Father, we are sorry we are unable to remain at peace with our neighbours and we are sorry that sometimes we are unable to forgive.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time we uphold to you those nations where conflict has arisen and we ask you to place opportunities before many to resolve those conflicts that have arisen, and we ask in particular that many uphold in prayer the people of Afghanistan, the people of Syria, the people of Libya and the people of Iraq.

Heavenly Father, we know to love our enemies we need to put aside our anger, and we know we need to pray for those who offend us, and we know that patience, blended with love, will reap a rich reward in our relationship with you.

Heavenly Father, we are able to see that your love for us is one that is all encompassing, and we are able to see that your love for us is one that you desire for us to give to others.

Heavenly Father, we ask you to guide us always in our daily life, and we ask you to help us to see a way forward clearly in settling our disputes, and we ask you to help the governments of all nations, in particular the government of Afghanistan, in particular the government of Syria, in particular the government of Libya, and in particular the government of Iraq, to be able to see a way forward clearly in terms of putting to one side all anger, all bitterness and all differences in order for peace to prevail.

Heavenly Father, we know that we fall short in your expectation to be always at peace with one another, and we know that we need to bring to you all our worries and all our concerns, and we know that you are always with us.

Heavenly Father, we uphold to you now all that we have said in the name of yourself, who is Our Heavenly Father, and who together with your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and your Holy Spirit, reigns on most high, and is the most supreme power and is the most absolute power that there is, that there was, and that there always will be, now and for evermore.

Amen.

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Posted on March 18, 2012, in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, peace, Syria, The ministry of Jesus, The Sanctity of Life and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. Daphne Williams

    I am very much aware that , on numerous occasions, I have spoken in haste and immediately regretted what I have said. It is difficult not to be critical but one should, at least attempt to give useful advice. These things should be said with love in one’s heart but it is not easy if the other person has hurt one with their words. I pray that , with practice, I will be careful in all things that are said and done in thy name

    • Many of us speak in haste and many of us find it difficult to see clearly our indiscretions. Our Heavenly Father will help us in all we do and say if we turn to him for guidance.

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  3. christianprayerpilgrim

    Dear Lord our heavenly Father, there is only one true peace and that only you can give. Help us through the power of your Holy Spirit to lead others to knowledge of your eternal love and saving grace. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

  4. PASTOR DAVIS/MASTER TEACHER

    Thank you my friend for this awesome prayer. May the hands of Lord keep touching and lifting you higher and higher into his kingdom of praise and worship.

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