Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!
“May they be secure who love you!
Peace be within your walls
and security within your towers!”
For my brothers and companions’ sake
I will say, “Peace be within you!”
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your good.
Psalm 122:6-9 ESV
Our motivation for praying, even praying for others, will rarely (probably never) be free from selfishness in one shape or another. That we may pray, ultimately, not for our own sake, or for the sake of others, but in everything for the sake of the glory of God, is something to wonder at. Derek Kidner comments on Psalm 122:8-9…
“What Jerusalem was to the Israelite, the church is to the Christian. Here are his closest ties, his brethren and companions, known and unknown, drawn to the one centre as fellow-pilgrims.
Before Thy throne we daily meet
As joint petitioners to Thee;
In spirit we each other greet,
And shall again each other see. (R. Baxter)
“And whatever the limitations of its citizens, Jerusalem was where God saw fit to build his house. The simple response to this, I will seek your good, was the least that such a fact demanded; and it had no upper limit. For the Christian it has, besides, no territorial boundary. For the inspiring implications of this, see Hebrews 12:22-24.
22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering,
23 and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect,
24 and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.
Hebrews 12:22-24 ESV