Friday, September 16, 2011
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Matthew 5:9
The Salvation Army’s fifth annual Call to Prayer for Peace is this Sunday, September 18. It is on this day each year that we reflect on the above verse and pray for peace around the world. You could briefly petition for world peace or this could be an opportunity to ask for personal inner peace.
The programs of The Salvation Army seek to provide peace, faith and comfort to individuals around the world. For instance, did you know The Salvation Army helps rehabilitate prisoners? Officers provide paroled prisoners with spiritual guidance and job training- the essentials for resuming a normal life post-offense.
Also, many people don’t know that The Salvation Army has a anti-human trafficking program motivated by the belief in human dignity and respect. The program seeks to end human trafficking and to restore the lives of survivors. These are just a couple of examples. Check out our website to learn about the multiple programs put into place to help give people a new-found peace, appreciation for life and love for God.
It’s in our nature to worry – constantly. We experience incessant turmoil and anxiety, feeling as though we must rely on ourselves for answers and sense of calm. But God has a different solution- pray without ceasing! Cast your cares on the Lord and thank him for his blessings. You will feel an abundance of peace in doing so.
Consider taking a few moments on Sunday to pray the following:
“Lead me from death to life, from falsehood to truth.
Lead me from despair to hope, from fear to trust.
Lead me from hate to love, from war to peace.
Let peace fill our heart, world, our universe.”