Saturday, 27 October 2018
Prayer4UKToday 28th Oct 2018
Our Father in heaven Hallowed be Your Name Y@HOVAH TSIDKENU LORD our Righteousness Jer. 23:6 Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done. On earth as it is in Heaven.
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And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7 (NIV)
In scripture peace is less an emotion, than it is a perspective - a state of mind proclaiming any trauma in life is subject to the triumphant victory of Jesus Christ, who works all things together for the good of those who love him. Jesus’ death and resurrection means we no longer fight for victory, but live from the victory he has won for us, offering up a perspective of peace.
Corrie Ten Boom, the Dutch activist who aided many Jews in fleeing Nazi Concentration Camps in World War II, allowed her perspective of peace to influence her experience when she stood face-to-face with a former Nazi SS guard from Ravensbruck.
Ten Boom, who lost her sister Betsie in the very same camp, recalls the moment the officer held out a hand requesting forgiveness, saying, ‘Jesus, help me! I can lift my hand. I can do that much. You supply the feeling.’ And she went on, ‘I forgive you, brother, with all my heart!’ In one moment of radical grace, Ten Boom allowed her trauma to be subject to the triumph of Jesus, and it became a moment where the love of God overflowed in the most profound and beautiful way. Will you allow your grievances to be set aside to pick up the perspective of peace Jesus offers to you today?
Father God, would you give us the courage today to set aside our emotions and allow any trauma we have experienced become subject to your triumph and flood our perspective with your peace, that it may overflow into the lives of all around us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Corrie Ten Boom’s example is a clear indicator that peace-making is not an emotional act, but a willing choice. Today, write an email, a text message or even a letter to someone you need to make peace with. Maybe you could even include a gift. After all, love gives.
[Ben Hampshire is a freelance journalist who works with Sports Chaplaincy UK.]
Please pray and share with your intercessors, Bible Study Groups, Prayer Groups, Church Prayers, Men & Women’s Groups. Thank you.
Las & Arlene Ratnayake
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