Loving Lord, we know that deep in the heart of every man there is a yearning for peace. The nations try in vain to forge peace initiatives, peace plans and peace treaties, and yet we know that in this world there will be no peace until the Lord Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace Himself, returns from His place in heaven - where even now, He is seated at the right hand of the Father.
We thank You that Your Word tells us that in this world we will have tribulation and times of war until that glorious future day when Jesus comes to reign on earth as our heavenly King of kings, Lord of lords and Prince of Peace. In that day, the earth will be filled with the glory of God as the waters cover the sea. And so Lord, as we live our heartfelt plea to You for peace in this troubled world, we know that the only true world peace will come through our Lord Jesus Christ, when He returns to set up His kingdom of peace, over which He will rule for 1000 years, until He has put under His feet all the enemies of peace and love and hope and joy.
But Lord in the meanwhile, we are to live in a fallen world that is lying in the power of the evil one, and so we pray that we may take up the shield of faith and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God and stand fast in this evil day. Thank You that we can be confident of this - that we have the peace of God in our hearts for Jesus said, "my peace I leave with You – let not Your hearts be troubled – behold I am coming quickly." Now may the Lord of peace himself give us His peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with us all,