Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you. 2 Thessalonians 3:16
In the modern world we have so much compared to previous generations – travel, gadgets, opportunities and stress! Modern life has so many things that we rely on that can break down. At the time I am writing this my internet is down. Although I have lived much of my life without internet, being offline for 5 minutes seems like a crisis!
In our sporting life there are great opportunities but also great uncertainly – funding, sponsors, selection, disappointment with our own performance, fitness, training regimes, injury, planning the campaign etc
In the midst of their difficult circumstances Paul prays for the Thessalonians to have “peace at all times”. When I ask athletes what I should pray for, “peace” is the most common answer. Paul’s statement is much more than “Good luck”, “Have a blessed day” or whatever other platitude can be offered. Paul knows that God is the only real source of peace – in fact he calls God “The Lord of peace”. The blessing Paul gives to the Thessalonians is rather global. It is peace “at all times and in every way”.
This morning I was praying for a friend whose husband has terminal cancer. Her prayer request was: “Pray for us to have peace and joy no matter how we’re feeling or what the future might hold”.
Whatever issue you are facing today, claim God’s universal and comprehensive peace. Stuart Weir