Israel and the Gaza feature prominently in the news. The Ukraine and Russia and other trouble spots occupy many inches of newsprint in our media. As we read the commentary it so often seems to focus on the rights and wrongs of either or both sides; or the intractable nature of the conflicts; or the death and destruction and sense of hopelessness that anything is going to change.
I wonder if we as God’s people spent as much time in praying for those who strive for peace, would we see more of the change and transformation in our hearts and in the hearts of those caught up in the cycle of pain and suffering.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.
It seems to me that this is what God calls us to. To be peacemakers. And part of this is to pray for and uphold those who seek for peaceful means to resolve the conflicts and differences that arise, not just in our personal lives but in the lives of the nations. We need to rediscover as a church the power of prayer - asking our God to do what we in our human strength and frailty and sin are unable to bring to fruition.
Does your heart cry out for the people of this world embroiled in turmoil and pain and suffering?
If so, pray, and shed your tears for those suffering at this time; asking God to strengthen the hand of the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.