Daily Prayer Guide: Monday Dec 14

Scripture Reading

Micah 5:1-5a

Marshal your troops, O city of troops,
for a siege is laid against us.
They will strike Israel’s ruler
on the cheek with a rod.
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
though you are small among the clans of Judah,
out of you will come for me
one who will be ruler over Israel,
whose origins are from of old,
from ancient times.”
Therefore Israel will be abandoned
until the time when she who is in labor gives birth
and the rest of his brothers return
to join the Israelites.
He will stand and shepherd his flock
in the strength of the LORD,
in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God.
And they will live securely, for then his greatness
will reach to the ends of the earth.
And he will be their peace.

Meditation

The prophet Micah may be best known for this prophecy saying that the Messiah would be born in the town of Bethlehem. Bethlehem was known in those days as the hometown of David, Israel’s greatest king; but it was never a big or influential town. Yet God picked it to be Jesus’ birthplace.

Micah goes on to describe how the Messiah’s coming will change things for God’s people. Read through it and stop for a minute at that last phrase describing Jesus: “He will be their peace.” Jesus will be our peace. Sounds nice, but what does that even mean?

In the holiday season, we have lots of reasons not to be at peace. Our lives can easily be overtaken by the stress of full schedules, shopping, and traffic jams. Our celebrations can be difficult because of tense family relationships. Our budgets can be strained by job loss or the state of the economy.

And yet this promise echoes through the chaos: He will be their peace.

Notice that it doesn’t say “He will give them peace.” There’s no promise here that God will instantly resolve our tense relationships for us, that He will magically fill our pocketbooks, or that He’ll make the traffic jams vanish into thin air.

Rather, the Scripture offers that Jesus Himself will be our peace. We will find peace in the midst of our conflict-ridden lives when we nestle ourselves into Him.

In our troubles, He is perfect security.

In our weakness, He is perfect strength.

In our chaos, He is perfect peace.

This season, let’s ground ourselves in all of who He is.

Reflection and Prayer
Get in a quiet place.
Take several minutes to rid yourself of your hurry: close your eyes and take slow, deep breaths.
Then spend some time asking Jesus to be your peace this season. If you’d like, you can use this prayer:
Jesus, thank You for all You are; my shepherd, my king, and my security. No matter what circumstances are going on in my life right now, I want to find complete peace in who You are to me. My heart is prone to be restless and anxious. Please help me to settle my heart into Your unchanging promises and character. I want You to be my peace.

Written by Hannah Busse

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