Q. We are told to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. I wonder, in light of prophesies that place Jerusalem at the focal point of end-times violence, isn’t praying for peace there, especially these days, asking God to bring about a condition in direct contradiction of His own revelation?
A. You’re referring to Psalm 122:6-7. The first 6 words are the command to pray for Jerusalem. The rest is the prayer we’re commanded to pray.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.”
By taking into consideration all the things the Bible says about Jerusalem and the End Times, one can only conclude that by praying for the peace of Jerusalem we’re praying for the return of the Messiah and the establishment of His Kingdom on Earth because peace will not come to Jerusalem until then. Far from being a contradiction of His Word, it’s the fulfillment of His word.