through His Word
Do you have a “word” for 2017—some action or reality that you are shooting for? Like “seek,” “grace,” or “unity.” It’s funny that my 2016 word appeared the last week of the year.
Yesterday I realized that my word for this year is “peace.” I used paint pens this fall to draw a verse on a small piece of canvas (as seen above), a verse that I love every time I see it sitting on my desk.
May the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way.
2 Thessalonians 3:16 NKJV
In past years, inner turmoil became a constant reality for one reason or another. A prolonged struggle contributed to it. But at the beginning of 2016, God gave me a promise in prayer that eased my struggle and brought freedom. What a relief. The rest of the year was marked by an unusual peace. An inner calm with a touch of joy. There are many, many reasons to be joyful in life with God, but this year He gave me a peace and joy over something and I am most grateful.
If you look back at the events and secret thoughts of your heart in 2016, what would be your word to describe this year? I hope it’s a positive one, but maybe you have had many struggles and your “word” reflects those. If so, can you see God’s presence with you as you went through them? Is there a Bible verse that has brought peace to your heart?
As we enter a new year, it’s my prayer that you experience God’s peace in a special way. World conflicts, national crises, and daily struggles threaten to steal our peace, but if we believe in Jesus Christ, we have the solution, the answer, the hope that every person desperately needs. We know the Lord of peace. He has given us His peace (John 14:27), along with His wisdom, guidance, love, and grace. Together we can be a force for good in this world, so that more and more people know true peace on earth and goodwill toward mankind (Luke 2:14).
Here’s my prayer for us as we enter the new year.
Dear God, You are the Lord of peace, the keeper of strength and the giver of calm. So much has happened this year, and I thank You that You were with us through every trial and every adventure.
I pray that we would stay close to You in the new year, taking in Your Word, living it out, and sharing it with others. Help us to cling to Your promises and to walk in Your ways, Your ways that bring purpose, joy, and peace to our souls.
Help us to see the people around us and to show them Your love and to testify of Your peace. Give us wisdom to know how to help those in need and to encourage weary hearts. Speak through us words of hope and truth, so that more and more may hear the gospel and have the chance to accept it for themselves.
Help our nation, our churches, and our families to be strong and to live for You. Turn back laws that hurt our country, and may injustice, racism, abortion, and every form of wrong doing come to an end. That only happens when we know You and choose Your ways for our lives. I pray that more and more people will do exactly that. Help us to know the truth and embrace it, to know You and embrace Your way of relating to each other and conducting our lives, homes, and businesses. May 2017 be a year of new beginnings and fresh hope, a year of restoration and peace.
We love You, God, and we need You now more than ever. On the brink of a new year and a fresh start, be our Guide and our Lord of peace. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
What gives you peace as you think about entering a new year, filled with both adventures and unknowns? Share in the comments below, and may the Lord of peace be with you. I believe 2017 will be a great year! Happy New Year.
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