Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you.”
Psalm 122 The Jewish word for “peace” is shalom, which means welfare, good fortune, peace, and prosperity. Israelis regularly greet one another with the word shalom--Peace. Now look carefully at the word Jerusalem. In the days of Melchizedek, this city was called Salem, or Shalom. It was the City of Peace. Later the prefix Jeru- (probably “foundation of” or “city of”) was added to the name. As early as Joshua 10:1, we read about the city of Jerusalem—the City of Peace.
How ironic! No city has seen more destruction, bloodshed, wars, battles, or threats than Jerusalem. It has been totally destroyed twice, besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times, and captured 44 times.1 Today, Jerusalem is a city surrounded by conflict, and some have called it the “powder keg” of today’s geopolitical tension.
The people of Jerusalem have the right to live in peace; but we know that total and lasting peace will only come when Jesus returns. To pray for the peace of Jerusalem is to pray for the Second Coming of Christ. Add Israel to your prayer list. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
Lord Jesus, You loved the city of Jerusalem when You were on the earth. Come quickly, Lord Jesus, and establish the New Jerusalem where peace shall reign forever. Amen.
Ray Pritchard, in Green Pastures, Quiet Waters