Praying in the Spirit Using the Word of God for Week #25

Entry #025  Instrument of Your Peace Prayer

“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love,

Where there is injury, pardon, where there is doubt, faith,

Where there is despair, hope, Where there is darkness, light

Where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much

Seek to be consoled as to console, not so much to be understood as to understand,

Not so much to be loved, as to love; for it is in giving that we receive,

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned, it is in dying that we awake to eternal life.”

By St. Francis of Assisi

This prayer speaks to how to be great in the kingdom of God. If we want to be great in God’s eyes, we have to serve much. And in serving others, the Prince of Peace rests, rules and abides within us. Therefore everything we do in service to God’s people is blessed, and consequently we are abundantly blessed. God has chosen us to be an instrument of His peace because He has a greater glory in mind to bestow upon us. He looks for opportunities to bless us, so He allows us to go through a breaking process. In order to get the precious oil from the olive, it must be pressed. God allows us to go through trying and difficult times to build our character and faith, and to qualify us to help others in that similar situation. We cannot be all things to all people. But we can reach back to help those who cross our path get through a situation we have just overcame. The main reason why Jesus’s body was bruised and broken was so that we can gain redemption. Jesus gave His life, and gained the family of God. When we give of ourselves to service for others we gain a fullness of joy and a promise of divine rewards. Allowing ourselves to be used of God to bring peace to His people commands blessings and coverings over our own lives. We cannot do everything, but we can do something. We can ask God to be a blessing to others. God will anoint us to do what needs to be done, and bless us for being obedient enough to do it. This doesn’t mean we should stretch ourselves thin doing for ungrateful, ungodly people. It also doesn’t mean that we should be a crutch for lazy, immature people who refuse to do what it takes to improve their lives. It doesn’t even mean that we should allow people to abuse or misuse us while we are trying to make their dreams come true. It does mean we should take God inspired actions to bring love, joy and peace to lost and dying world. Small acts of kindness can change people’s life. The byproduct of God inspired service to others is prosperity. We are actually helping ourselves when we help others. God will prosper us mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally when pray to be an instrument of His peace.

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