THE MESSIAH IS PEACE

Week OF DECEMBER 20

Isaiah (9:6-7) describes the coming Messiah, and one phrase Isaiah uses is “Prince of Peace.” You have probably heard the Hebrew word for peace – Shalom. This Hebrew word means much more than the two fingered “peace-sign” popular several years ago. Another definition for Shalom is “tranquility.” 
Tranquility means to be tranquil or “free from disturbances, calm.” Paul says in Philippians 4:7, “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” During this Advent Season let us look forward with anticipation to the arrival of this “Prince of Peace.”

PRAYER

Dear God,
Thank you for the peace we have in Jesus. As we await your coming, give us a calm spirit so we may be ready to receive the arrival of Jesus.
Amen

DevotionAL QUESTIONS

  1. Is it hard to find peace today? Why or why not?
  2. Why do you think God wants to give us peace?
  3. Have you ever felt the peace of God? Describe that time. What made it special?
  4. How can we experience Jesus' peace?

SCRIPTURE READING | MONDAY

The Lord gives his people strength; the Lord blesses his people with peace.
Psalm 29:11



SCRIPTURE READING | TUESDAY

For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on his shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6

SCRIPTURE READING | WEDNESDAY

And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:7

SCRIPTURE READING | THURSDAY

“May the Lord bless you and protect you; may the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; may the Lord look with favor on you and give you peace.”’
Numbers 6:24-26

SCRIPTURE READING | Friday

“Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Don’t let your heart be troubled or fearful.
John 14:27

PEACE ACTIVITY

LET THE PEACE OF CHRIST BE IN YOUR HEART

At Home:
  • Bundle up and go on a short walk after dark, or find a place to sit outside. If you have kids, try to play the "Silent Game" and see who can go the longest without talking. After you're done,  answer the following questions:
    • What sounds did you hear? What did the air feel like? What did you see?
    • Now, take a moment to thank God for the beauty of nature and the peace it brings.

Outside of Your Home:
  • Every day this week, think of one person to pray for. If you know the person personally, reach out to them and share that you prayed for them. Ask if there is anything else you could be praying for.