Peace, peace to you,
And peace to your helpers!
For your God helps you.

–1 Chronicles 12:18 ESV

These words of trinitarian peace were spoken over David by the chief of his devoted Thirty—warriors of skill who followed his leadership. David needed peace as he began to lead God’s divided people, and he needed help! God had chosen David to be king, so it’s not surprising that He offered David help and said so openly. But how reassuring it must have been to hear those words spoken! David could rightly say, “This I know, that God is for me” (Psalm 56:9).

We long for those same gifts of peace, help, and reassuring presence. What does it look like for us to receive them? Chris Hall, President of Renovare, suggests beginning the day with this prayer: Lord, what are You offering me this day? I picture two hands cupped open, anticipating an answer of bread and not a stone (see Matthew 7:9). What God offers may press our trust in His goodness. But that’s a grace, too, isn’t it?

ACTION: Imagine someone praying the peace prayer over you. Describe how this moves you. With your hands open, pray, Lord, what are You offering me this day? Repeat the prayer, listening for the Spirit to direct you as He wishes.


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