At this time of year and at all times, our hearts long for peace. What a joy to celebrate Jesus, the Prince of Peace, the true Peace of Christmas.
As you think about what that name means, The Prince of Peace, let this prayer conversation with God resonate with you. Listen to the truths, and then pray your own prayer to Him.
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 the Coming of the Prince of Peace
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 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 during 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 the Prince of Peace
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 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).
It’s Your Turn
What does it mean to you to know that Jesus is our Prince of Peace? Why do you need His peace this Christmas? How can you share the peace He brings with others who need to know Him? I’d love to hear from you anytime. You can always write me through my contact page. Just fill out the basic name and address info, and then it will come to me. Your name or info is not shared with anyone.
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