Towards the International Day of Peace and Beyond
I invite you to imagine with me!
How does peace look like? What are the things that make for peace?
Paul says to Timothy, his protégé,
“The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.”
—I Timothy 2:-3 The Message.
This counsel to pray for peaceful living is valid even today.
- Prayer is personal, communal and collective.
- Prayer is spiritual.
- Prayer is political.
- Prayer is a witness to faith, a cry of hope, and a pledge to be disciples of the Prince of Peace.
Prayer is also a lament for not recognizing the things that make for peace. Jesus wept over Jerusalem, and said,
“If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.”
—Luke 19:42 (NRSV).
Finally, praying is a call to put on the armor of the Holy Spirit, and be engaged in struggle against injustices.
“Our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against authorities, against cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”
—Ephesians 6:11-12 (NRSV).
Glory E. Dharmaraj, Ph.D., is the executive for spiritual growth, United Methodist Women