Psalm 122:6-9 specifically speaks to me today. I am in the process of praying for a friend of mine, and God included her in my devotion today.
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." For the sake of my brothers and friends, I will say, "Peace be within you." For the sake of the house of the LORD our God, I will seek your prosperity.
I am using the NIV Life Application Bible and the footnotes are a great study help.
The psalmist was not praying for his own peace and prosperity, but for his brothers and friends in Jerusalem. This is intercessory prayer, prayer on the behalf of others. Too often we are quick to pray for our own needs and desires, and omit interceding for others............The peace sought in these verses is much more than the mere absence of conflict. It suggests completeness, health, justice, prosperity, and protection. The world cannot provide this peace. Real peace comes from faith in God because He alone embodies all the characteristics of peace..............Will you intercede for someone in need today?..."
The Old Testament part (of my devotion) in Genesis 17 refers to the covenant God made with Abraham; how could he doubt God? Yet I do this often, as Abraham did. How quickly we seem to forget all He has done, and will continue to do, for us. He keeps His Word.
Proverbs 18:11 (footnote) says, "Where do you look for security and safety--uncertain wealth or God Who is always faithful?" In things? In money? Or in the God Who knows you by name?
The New Testament part of my devotion can be found in Revelation 7. Footnote 7:2 states "God places His own seal on His followers, identifying them as His own and guaranteeing His protection......This shows how valuable we are to Him. (italics mine)
Dear ones, know you are being lifted to His Throne by name today!