Question: “Why should we pray for the peace of Jerusalem?


Question: “Why should we pray for the peace of
Jerusalem?”

Answer: God tells us to pray for the peace of
Jerusalem in Psalm 122:6-9: “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ‘May
those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security
within your citadels.’ For the sake of my brothers and friends, I will say,
‘Peace be within you.’ For the sake of the house of the LORD our God, I will
seek your prosperity.” From this passage, we see that praying for peace and good
to come to God’s holy city benefits those who pray. God promised blessings on
those who bless Israel and curses on those who curse her (Genesis 12:3), and since Jerusalem is depicted as the
center of Jewish life, it follows that those who pray for her peace and security
will be granted peace themselves.

Praying for the peace of Jerusalem is
most appropriate for a city whose name literally means “peaceful” and which is
the residence of the God of peace. The phrase “peace be upon Israel” is found
also at the end of Psalm
125:5
and 128:6, indicating that it was a common farewell blessing.

Further, Jerusalem will be the scene of Christ’s return (Acts
1:11
; Zechariah 14:4), and at that time He will establish

permanent peace with its walls. All Christians should be eagerly awaiting His
return and praying for the time when the Prince of Peace will reign in
Jerusalem.

Jesus also said that we should be peacemakers, which would
include praying for peace. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be
called sons of God” (Matthew 5:9). And we are commanded to do our best to live
at peace with others. “If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace
with all men” (Romans 12:18). So, God wants us to seek peace among all
people, and that would include praying for peace in Jerusalem, especially
because of its special place in His heart.

Recommended Resource:
Bible Answers for Almost all Your Questions by Elmer
Towns
.

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