Why Pray For Things That Will Happen Anyway?

Q. If the Bible already contains prophecy, and if everything it says will come to pass, then what good will it do us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem? Shouldn’t we just be praying for Gods will to be done? Everything the Bible says is supposed to happen seems to be happening now, so how can our prayers do anything?

A. There are two good reasons to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. One is that the Lord has commanded us to do it, so by praying we’re being obedient. The other is we know we’ll be rewarded for doing so because the Lord always rewards obedience.

Psalm 122:6-9 tell us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem like this, “May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels (fortresses). Peace be within you.”

We know that true peace will only come to this world when the Lord returns, so by praying for the peace of Jerusalem we’re praying for His return as well. Praying for the Lord’s return helps us earn a crown (2 Tim. 4:8) when we get to the Bema Seat judgment.

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