Today–Prince of Peace–is the fourth in a series of daily Christmas blogs: 25 Christmas Prayers, celebrating the names of our precious Lord. I hope they will enrich your Christmas season and draw you closer to the One who is the true reason for Christmas.
Day 4 – Prince of Peace
Lord, the world has always longed for peace. Wars have raged; people have died; and hope has faded. But then, just like the prophet Isaiah prophesied, You came.
Some Misunderstood Your Coming
So many misunderstood Your coming to earth. Looking for a powerful government to bring the end of tyranny, the cessation of strife, and the beginning of safety in their streets and homes, they thought You would fill that job description. They didn’t understand Your true purpose. Many still search for that kind of peacemaker. They totally missed Your coming.
Peace with God and Peace of God
As Prince of Peace, You came to rule in our hearts, not on an earthly throne. Peace on earth means peace with God and knowing the peace of God. Through your birth, death, and resurrection we are no longer enemies with God. You are Peace, personified.
Into our hearts you brought a calm assurance knowing we could make it through anything. Like the depth of a turbulent ocean where the stormy waves have quieted, You calm our hearts. And in the midst of inner turmoil, hopeless dilemmas, and confusing circumstances, because of You, we find inner strength we never had. Through You, we can live as triumphant children of a loving God.
Peace Is Found in You
Lord, remind us this Christmas of who we are, and of whose we are. This year we celebrate You as the Prince of Peace. It’s not through extraordinary might or clever strategies that will bring peace to our world or to our hearts. We cannot eliminate strife, but we can activate faith. Lasting peace, Lord, is found only in You.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6 NIV).
How has Jesus been your Prince of Peace?