Will You Embrace Hope and Peace?
“We need to have a renaissance of Hope in America. We have to make that happen. We have to get in the Spirit and find out how to be that. If we don’t do that now, people will become hopeless. They can go into depression, even suicide. It can become a deep rooted anger, which can turn inward or outward. Either way, it causes great destruction. Another thing we know is happening now is that there is anxiety on many people. They aren’t sure what’s going to happen, so it’s making them anxious. Anxiety can make it very hard to hear the Holy Spirit. It causes you to be internally divided. We are going to need to make a conscious decision to allow ourselves to walk in peace.” (Cindy Jacobs)
Jesus is our Prince of Peace. He did not just come to give us peace. He came to BE our peace. He is the Shalom of God. His peace is perfect. It is protective over our thoughts, our minds, and hearts. He is our protection against fear, doubt, and unbelief. If we can keep our minds stayed on Jesus, we can find that peace that passes all understanding. He will bring us through. This is a season, as there have been many in our lives. It will pass, but those without Jesus, especially, may not be able to see this. We need to go and speak to them. We need to take the time to minister the love of Christ to them. It is not a time to stay silent and leave others in their pain, anxiety, and fear. It is a time to purposefully love others in word and deed.
The Lord tells us in John 16:33 that we will have tribulation in life. However, if we will trust in Jesus, we can receive His peace. He overcame the world in His death and resurrection. He overcame death, hell, and the grave. We aren’t to be anxious about anything, but through prayer and supplication, He asks us to make our requests known to Him. Then, He can speak into those areas, remind you of His promises, and give You His peace. We are to cast all of our cares on Him because He cares for us. And, we are to live in peace with others. In Hebrews 12:14, He calls that holy and says that without this level of holiness we will not see the Lord. So, we have a choice today—peace or anxiety, peacemaker or fear-monger. Who will you be?
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you will abound in hope and overflow with confidence in His promises.” (Romans 15:13; AMP)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
The most powerful way to walk in peace is to worship. We need to spend a lot of time worshipping Jesus. Worship Him now.
Another way to maintain your peace is to speak the Word out loud over yourself, your family, your city, state and nation. Thank the Lord for His Word.
Remember, Jesus shares His thoughts and plans with us. He says, “I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take courage; I have overcome the world!” (John 16:33; BSB)
Ask Him to remove any anxiety you may be feeling. Say over yourself, “I will be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, I will let my requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6; NKJV)
Ask the Lord to exchange your anxiousness for His peace. He said, “I leave the gift of peace with you—my peace. Not the kind of fragile peace given by the world, but my perfect peace. Don’t yield to fear or be troubled in your hearts—instead, be courageous!” (John 14:27; TPT)
Choose to be a peacemaker and declare, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” (Matthew 5:9; ESV)
A prayer you can pray:
Lord, I come to You now in worship. I seek Your glory, grace and peace. Jesus, You give me peace and You are my peace. You know the end from the beginning. I have entrusted my life to You and Your plans for me are not to allow harm to come to me, but to give me a hope and a future. I pray the same for my family members, my city, my state, and this nation. The turmoil and conflict is disturbing. Only You can bring lasting peace into the mix. I don’t know what needs to happen or even how to pray at times, but You always do.
Thank You for the depth of Your Word, which shows me Your nature, Your character, and how You deal with things like this. You said, “I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take courage; I have overcome the world!” You tell me, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to Me.” You promise, “I leave the gift of peace with you—My peace. Not the kind of fragile peace given by the world, but My perfect peace. Don’t yield to fear or be troubled in your hearts—instead, be courageous!” Grant me courage. I want to be a peacemaker. I want to intercede in prayer and action and bring healing to this nation in Jesus’ name. Amen.
We will be purveyors of the hope and peace of Jesus, our Christ!