What to Pray - For Peace
I exhort therefore first of all, that supplications be made for Kings and all that are in high places; that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and gravity. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour. -1 Tim. 2:1-3.
He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth. -Ps. 46:9
What a terrible sight! - the military armaments in which the nations find their pride. What a terrible thought!. - the evil passions that may at any moment bring on war. And what a prospect for suffering and desolation that must come. God can, in answer to the prayer of His people, give peace. Let us pray for it, and for the rule of righteousness on which alone it can be stablished.
How to Pray - With the Understanding
What is it then will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding. -1 Cor. 14: 15.
We need to pray with the spirit, as the vehicle of the intercession of God's Spirit, if we are to take hold of God in faith and power. We need to pray with the understanding, if we are really to enter deeply into the needs we bring before Him. Take time to apprehend intelligently, in each subject, the nature, the extent, the urgency of the request, the ground and way and certainty of God's promise as revealed in His Word. Let the mind affect the heart. Pray with the understanding and with the spirit.