29 Jun Psalm 122:6-9; Hebrews 10:24-25
6 Pray for the peace of
“May they prosper who love you.
7 “May peace be within your walls,
And prosperity within your palaces.”
8 For the sake of my brothers and my friends,
I will now say, “May peace be within you.”
9 For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
I will seek your good.
24 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, 25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.
The word translated as peace in this Psalm is shalom, which doesn’t merely mean a lack of conflict, but blessing and particularly a right relationship with God. David encouraged the Israelites to pray for peace, shalom, for the people of God in Jerusalem. We should be doing the same for the body of Christ, both the local church and the greater Church as a whole. Hebrews makes it clear that part of the reason we gather together is to encourage one another. What is more encouraging to hear than “I’m praying for you”? Lifting our brothers and sisters up to the Lord in prayer is a key part of what it means to be the body of Christ. Who will you pray for today?