“Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace good will towards men.”
Praying for World Peace is one of the more popular phrases in this Christmas season. It sounds so wonderful to have World Peace…no wars…no fighting…but is this proper for a Christian to pray for?
I believe that as young Christians we can be easily swayed by the beautiful sound of World Peace. Especially when we hear it from so many sources; the United Nations, our own government, signs, billboards, bumper stickers, even from Christian sources. But as we consider this question, even one so seemingly easy to answer, remember that whenever God’s people (including young people) have a question there is but one place to find the proper answer: GOD’S WORD.
Now I realize that it is much easier to ask others to answer our questions than to look them up ourselves. Now I don’t want you to misunderstand and never ask your parents, ministers, teachers, etc., but rather learn from their example. Where do they find answers? They search God’s Word.
Searching God’s Word sounds much harder than asking your parents, doesn’t it? But remember, God gave His Word for our instruction. I think you will be surprised that it is not as hard as you think. You have had, more than likely, years of instruction at home, Christian schools, catechism, societies, Sunday School, etc. These have given you a strong foundation and as you grow older you will be building on that foundation.
But now let’s answer the topic at hand. Can we properly pray for World Peace? Let’s look to God’s Word.
What did our Lord Jesus Christ teach us in the Lord’s Prayer? You have known this prayer for years. Does it say anything about Peace in this world? No, but it does say “thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
“Thy will be done” is a phrase that we have said and heard many times in prayer. But what is God’s will? Matthew 24:6 tells us there will be wars and rumors of wars here on this earth, not peace. In fact, if you read Matthew 24:3-24 it paints a frightening picture for God’s people, if we only consider our human nature. But do not be afraid, for later in Matthew 24 verse 35 Jesus tells us “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” And what is that Word? “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved…” (Acts 16:31).
However, I believe that we can pray for peace on earth for this reason: that God’s Word might be spread to all nations and His people might be called to salvation. In fact, we are required to pray for the furtherance of God’s kingdom and the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Remember that true peace is communion with God. Think how guilty you feel when you have knowingly and purposely sinned. You probably had a hard time praying to God to forgive your sins when you know in your heart that you premeditated to do whatever you did. Peace with God comes through obedience to His law, or at the very least a sincere effort to obey and the knowledge that God will forgive.
I will leave you with one passage of Scripture to look up, II Timothy 2:15. May God bless you as you study His Word and build upon your foundation.