People who know me describe me as having a “Type A” personality. I am regimented and like to plan. I  function best with a to-do list and adhere to a specific process to ensure all tasks are completed. Unfortunately, I used to approach my prayer time in the same way. Instead of allowing God to minister to me, I focused more on my needs.

During prayer three months ago, I was interrupted by the Holy Spirit, who cautioned me about allowing my needs to dominate our conversation. First, I realized that God already knew what I needed before I even prayed, and I repented for my anxiety and worry. Second, I discovered that my devotion had become a monologue with God instead of a dialogue.  I asked for forgiveness for dominating my time with God with my needs. Afterward, I cast out doubts, fears, and confusion from my thoughts. Suddenly, I heard the phrase “Prince of Peace. “I felt a strong conviction from the Holy Spirit to surrender to the authority of “the Prince of Peace.” So,  I prayed, “Lord Jesus, I have already submitted to You as my Lord. However, at this moment, I submit to the Prince of Peace.” I proceeded to pray for peace in my mind, brain, nerves, and synapses, as well as every organ and system in my body. I then extended my prayer to include peace in my household and every aspect of my life. Finally, I asked the Lord to cover me and my ministry with a mantle of peace. I sensed a palpable shift in the atmosphere when I finished my prayer.

Isaiah 9:6 introduces us to the Messiah, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. Christ is also referred to as our peace in Ephesians 2:14, and in 2 Corinthians 2:24, Jesus Christ is described as the power and wisdom of God. Therefore, peace carries with it power, wisdom, and strength. Peace is God’s gift to humanity, exerting creativity, clarity, focus, discernment, wisdom, and productivity. Even prayer and fellowship with God flow effortlessly when we are at peace.

Christ embodies peace; since we possess His nature, peace also resides within me. John 14:27 affirms that Christ bestowed peace upon us. Peace is also a powerful key that unlocks positive paths while blocking negative ones.  Have you ever walked into an environment and discerned the peace there? If so, could you reflect on the outcomes of being in that environment or person?   

Lastly, Colossians 3:15 highlights the significance of peace ruling our hearts. It acts as an umpire to combat decisions, doubts, and lies that can impede our progress. Achieving perfect peace is feasible by focusing on God’s promise, power, and presence. By trusting in Him, we can maintain perfect peace; as Isaiah 26:3 states, “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you.” May you encounter the Prince of Peace today.

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