Prayers for Peace

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Peace is a concept of societal friendship and harmony in the absence of hostility and violence. In a social sense, peace is commonly used to mean a lack of conflict (such as war) and freedom from fear of violence between individuals or heterogeneous (relatively foreign or distinct) groups. 

Psychological peace” (such as a peaceful thinking and emotions) is perhaps less well defined yet often a necessary precursor to establishing “behavioral peace.” Peaceful behavior sometimes results from a “peaceful inner disposition.” Some have expressed the belief that peace can be initiated with a certain quality of inner tranquility that does not depend upon the uncertainties of daily life for its existence. The acquisition of such a “peaceful internal disposition” for oneself and others can contribute to resolving of otherwise seemingly irreconcilable competing interests.


World Peace Prayer

Lead us from death to life, from falsehood to truth. 
Lead us from despair to hope, from fear to trust.
Lead us from hate to love, from war to peace. 
Let peace fill our hearts, our world, our universe. Amen.


A Baha’i Prayer for Peace

Be generous in prosperity and thankful in adversity. Be fair in thy judgment and guarded in thy speech. Be a lamp unto those who walk in darkness and a home to the stranger. Be eyes to the blind and a guiding light unto the feet of the erring. Be a breath of life to the body of humankind, a dew to the soil of the human heart, and a fruit upon the tree of humility.


A Buddhist Prayer for Peace

May all beings everywhere plagued with sufferings of body and mind quickly be freed from their illnesses. May those frightened cease to be afraid, and may those bound be free. May the powerless find power and may people think of befriending one another. May those who find themselves in trackless, fearful wildernesses—the children, the aged, the unprotected—be guarded by beneficent celestials, and may they swiftly attain Buddhahood.


A Christian Prayer for Peace

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.”

“But I say to you that hear, love your enemies; do good to those who hate you; bless those who curse you; pray for those who abuse you. To those who strike you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from those who take away your cloak, do not withhold your coat as well. Give to everyone who begs from you, and of those who take away your goods, do not ask them again. And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.”


A Hindu Prayer for Peace

Oh God, lead us from the unreal to the Real. Oh God, lead us from darkness to light. Oh God, lead us from death to immortality. Shanti, Shanti, Shanti unto all. Oh Lord God almighty, may there be peace in celestial regions. May there be peace on earth. May the waters be appeasing. May herbs be wholesome, and may trees and plants bring peace to all. May all beneficent beings bring peace to us. May the Vedic Law propagate peace all through the world. May all things be a source of peace to us. And may thy peace itself bestow peace on all and may that peace come to me also.


An Islamic Prayer for Peace

In the Name of Allah, the beneficent, the merciful: Praise be to the Lord of the Universe who has created us and made us into tribes and nations that we may know each other, not that we may despise each other. If the enemy incline towards peace, do thou also incline towards peace, and trust in God, for the Lord is one that hears and knows all things. And the servants of God Most Gracious are those who walk on the Earth in humility, and when we address them, we say, “Peace.”


A Jain Prayer for Peace

Peace and Universal Love is the essence of the Gospel preached by all the Enlightened Ones. The Lord has preached that equanimity is the Dharma. I forgive all creatures, and may all creatures forgive me. Unto all have I amity, and unto none, enmity. Know that violence is the root cause of all miseries in the world. Violence in fact is the knot of bondage. “Do not injure any living being.” This is the eternal, perennial, and unalterable way of spiritual life. A weapon, however powerful it may be, can always be superseded by a superior one; but no weapon can be superior to nonviolence and love.


A Jewish Prayer for Peace

Come, let us go to the mountain of the Lord, that we may walk the paths of the Most High. And we shall beat our swords into ploughshares and our spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation; neither shall they learn war any more. And none shall be afraid, for the mouth of the Lord of Hosts has spoken.


A Native African Prayer for Peace

Almighty God, the Great Thumb we cannot evade to tie any knot, the Roaring Thunder that splits mighty trees, the all-seeing Lord on high who sees even the footprints of an antelope on a rock mass here on Earth, you are the one who does not hesitate to respond to our call. You are the cornerstone of peace.


A Native American Prayer for Peace

O Great Spirit of our Ancestors, we raise the pipe to you, to your messengers the four winds, and to Mother Earth who provides for your children. Give us the wisdom to teach our children to love, to respect, to be kind to each other so that they may grow with peace in mind. Let us learn to share all the good things that you provide for us on this Earth.


A Shinto Prayer for Peace

Although the people living across the ocean surrounding us, I believe, are all our brothers and sisters, why are there constant troubles in this world? Why do winds and waves rise in the ocean surrounding us? I only earnestly wish that the wind will soon puff away all the clouds which are hanging over the tops of the mountains.


A Sikh Prayer for Peace

God judges us according to our deeds, not the coat that we wear. Truth is above everything, but higher still is truthful living. Know that we attain God when we love, and only that victory endures in consequence of which no one is defeated.


A Zoroastrian Prayer for Peace

We pray to God to eradicate all the misery in the world, that understanding triumph over ignorance, that generosity triumph over contempt, and that truth triumph over falsehood.


Prayers of HopeA Prayer for Peace

Dear God,

We thank You, Master and Lover of mankind, King of the ages and giver of all good things, for destroying the dividing wall of enmity and granting peace to those who seek your mercy. We appeal to You to awaken the longing for a peaceful life in all those who are filled with hatred for their neighbors, thinking especially of those at war or preparing for war. Grant peace to your servants. Implant in them the fear of You and confirm in them love one for another. Extinguish every dispute and banish all temptations to disagreement. For You are our peace and to You we ascribe glory: to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

We pray, Lord our God, for all those who suffer from acts of war, [especially for the victims and all those in the struggle in ……………………….].

We pray for your peace and your mercy in the midst of the great suffering that people are now inflicting on each other. Accept the prayers of your Temple, so that by your goodness peace may return to all peoples. Hear us and have mercy on us.

Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy.

Lord our God, remember and have mercy on our brothers and sisters who are involved in every civil conflict. Remove from their midst all hostility, confusion and hatred. Lead everyone along the path of reconciliation and peace, we pray You, hear us and have mercy on us.

Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy.

Let all believers turn aside from violence and do what makes for peace. By the strength of your mighty arm save your people from all evil oppression; hear the supplications of all who call to You in sorrow and affliction, day and night. Merciful God, let their lives not be lost, we pray You, hear us and have mercy.

Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy.

But grant, O Lord, peace, love and speedy reconciliation to your people. Make your presence known to those who have turned away from You and do not seek You, so that none of them may be lost, but all may be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth, so that everyone, in true love and harmony, O long-suffering Lord, may praise your all holy Name. Amen.


Peace Prayer

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is discord, union;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is error, truth;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.

O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console:
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love:
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
And it is in dying that we are born to
eternal life.
— attributed to Saint Francis of Assisi


Prayer To The Prince of Peace

Dear Lord Jesus, thank You that You are the Prince of Peace. Thanks You that You not only calmed the raging storms on the sea, two thousand years ago, but that You are still able to calm the stresses and distresses within my heart, and I praise and thank You that You have taken up residency within my life, in the person of the Holy Spirit.

Thank You that my life has been exchanged for Your life, and that my sinful unrighteousness has been replaced with Your perfect righteousness. Thank You that I not only have peace with God through the forgiveness of sins through the blood of Jesus Christ, but that I have Your promise of an abiding peace, within my heart.. when my mind is stayed upon You.

Keep me I pray from being overwhelmed by the ragings of the world and the tempestuous storms of life, and help me at all times to abide in Your love and to cast all my problems and cares upon You.

Thank You that You have overcome the world and that I may rest securely in You, knowing I have not been given the spirit of fear but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. May Your name be glorified in my life – in Jesus name I pray, AMEN


Prayer for Peace from Inner Turmoil

Dear God, so much in going on in my life that I don’t know which way to turn and I come to you – broken in spirit to ask You to calm my inner turmoil. I have tried to sort things out in my own way, but it is all futile – and in my poverty I come before You Lord and submit to You – asking You to grant me peace of mind and a quieting to my soul.

Please give me Your peace and Your strength. I know that without You I can do nothing but I also know that Your peace is poured into the hearts of those that trust in You with all their hearts – Lord I trust You now and give my life and future into Your hands,

Thank You God

Amen


Prayer For Peace Of Mind In This Troubled World

Loving Lord, still my heart and quiet my soul before You I pray, that may I learn to wait upon You and hear Your still small voice. Let Your perfect peace flood my mind – for You are my strength and my sufficiency – You are my all in all.

Protect my mind I pray form the clamour and intrigue of this world system, that so often fills our hearts with fears and deflects our thoughts away from You – so that I may rest in Your arms of love and be filled with Your perfect peace that passes understanding.

Help me to take every thought captive and when the difficulties of this complex world seek to manipulate my attention away from You, may I fix my mind on Jesus knowing that He is the Author and Finisher of my faith – and my Prince of Peace, in Whose name I pray.

Thank You Lord for Your promise that You will keep us in perfect peace when our minds is centred in You

Amen


Prayer For Peace Into Old Age

Father, You are great and mighty and worthy to be praised for You have promised to carry me, to sustain me and to hold me steady even into my old age. Thank You that in You there is nothing in life for about which I need be concerned – for I am safe in Your hands.. knowing that You will uphold me with Your righteous right hand.

Speak Your perfect peace into my heart, I pray, in the midst of the troublesome circumstances in which I find myself, and keep me resting in Your love and abiding in Your precious peace – in the strong assurance that You are mighty to save in every season of life.

Thank You for the thrill of childhood, the experience of youth and the lessons of adulthood – and now as I face the twilight years of my life, I thank You Father for Your never failing promises and Your ever present sustaining power.

Flood my mind with Your peace I pray and enable me to sleep at night in tranquillity of heart, knowing that the angel of Your presence is with me throughout the hours of darkness. Praise the Lord O my soul and all that is within me bless His holy name, in Jesus name I pray,

Amen


Prayer For Peace In A World In Turmoil

Heavenly Father I come to You today knowing that the world seems to be a melting pot of stress and anxiety. The world seeks after peace and yet Lord we know that there is no peace outside of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Look down in pity on those that do not know You and who have foolishly turned from the true and living God to the false promises of peace from fallen man and corrupt governments.

Thank You that You are a good God Whose yoke is easy and Whose burden is light and yet there are many who have been taught lies and untruths about Who You are. Lord there are many that have been brought up in an environment of hatred and violence who have not heard of Your name or have been fed a tissue of lies about the Lord Jesus Christ – and yet He is the only hope for true peace in this world. Lord, I pray that in Your grace You would convict many of their need of the Lord Jesus and that many would be saved from the jaws of death.

Look down in mercy on those that are unsaved we pray in this warring world and turn their hearts towards the Lord Jesus – their Saviour and the only Prince of Peace, in Whose name we pray,

Amen


Prayer For Peace In A Hurting World

Heavenly Father, as turmoil and terror throughout the globe seems to increase with every passing day, as the world’s hatred of You increases and as man’s animosity towards Your children continues to grow, we long for that promised time of peace on earth ..that will only come when the Prince of peace Himself sets up His millennial rule in Jerusalem.

Forgive us Lord, for we have strayed so far from Your righteous laws and have discredited Your perfect statutes and glorious commandments, in a world that is calling evil good and good evil – and there is no health in us.

Help us to continue to demonstrate Your love and grace towards all with whom we come in contact, and look down in pity on all who are lost and blinded by the lies and deceit of the evil one.

Give wisdom and discernment to all Your children as we travel through this hurting world, and may Your peace that passes understanding flood the hearts and minds of all Christians – and equip us all to share the good news of the glorious gospel of grace.. to all who are searching for a ‘peace’ that only comes from You, in Jesus name we pray,

Amen


To Develop A Peaceful State of Mind

Loving heavenly Father, thank You that I am Your child and thank You that You sent the Lord Jesus into the world to be my Saviour and thank You that by His death He has brought me into Your family.

Father I know that in Your word it tells us not to worry about anything – but rather to cast all of my burdens upon You – and Father I truly want to do this – but at times I find it so difficult to put this into practice – Lord, at times the circumstances that I am facing are very hard to bear and too often I find myself in an attitude of worry and anxiety.

Help me to develop a peace of mind that only comes from casting all my burdens upon You. Help me I pray to take my eyes off the circumstances of life that seem so burdensome to me and to learn how to keep my eye fixed upon Jesus, for I know that this is what You have instructed us to do of which we are to enjoy the perfect peace that only comes from You.

Lord You have promised to keep all those in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You – help me, I pray, to keep the eyes of my heart firmly trained on Jesus every moment of the day and flood my life with Your perfect peace of mind that passes our human understanding, in Jesus name I pray,

Amen


That My Home May Be A Place Of Tranquil Peace

Loving Lord thank You for my home and I pray that it may be a place of peace and rest. Close its doors on every evil that would seek to enter unseen and disrupt its calm tranquility – and may all that is spoken and done within its walls be pleasing in Your sight and honouring to Your name. 

Keep all who live here from uttering careless words that can hurt or accuse but rather may the angel of Your presence encamp within its walls and may Your wings of protection overshadow each one. Protect the hearts and minds of all who enter and leave through its portal – and may no ungodly thoughts or selfish attitudes cross its threshold. 

May the beauty of Your love stream through the hearts of all who enter its walls, so that our home is lit up with the love and grace that only comes from You – just as the golden sunshine streams in through the windows and dances around the room, giving light and warmth to all. 

As we commune in fellowship together day-by-day may I pray that You will be present at our table as we eat, listen to our conversations – sit with us as we laugh and relax together and remain with each one though the hours of darkness so that we wake refreshed and ready to do your bidding – in Jesus name I pray, 

Amen


Prayer For Justice and Peace

Eternal Father, You created us in Your own image and likeness, but sin has warped the minds of men and throughout the world there is much injustice and much carelessness of the rights of other people and personal responsibility. 

Lord when You are excluded from the hearts and consciences of men, the inevitable result is that people suffer and Lord, there is much injustice and corruption taking place in our world today, not only in the lives of individuals but also in the corridors of power and the council rooms of many nations. 

We pray Lord that You will right all the wrongs that are taking place in our world and vindicate those that are being treated unjustly. Keep us Father from trying to take matters into our own hands for vengeance is Your and You will repay – but Lord in Your grace and mercy we pray that you would give justice and peace to all those that have been cruelly and unfairly treated by their fellow man and may the injustice and carelessness that they have had to endure be the means to draw them into Your saving arms of grace – we ask this in the precious name of the Lord Jesus, 

Amen


Prayer For Inner Peace In A Time Of Trouble

Heavenly Father as we read the newspapers and watch the breaking news headlines on our TV screens, we recognise that troublesome times are here and men’s hearts are failing for fear of what is taking place in the world.

Lord I know that unless my hope is in You I too will find that worldwide events that are currently taking place will cause me to faint from fear. Keep my heart fixed on You I pray and keep me looking to You each moment of the day and help me to trust implicitly in Your Word.

Overshadow me and all those I love with Your love and grace and draw each one of us into an ever deepening relationship with Yourself and a ever deepening desire to know You more and to serve You better with each passing day – This I ask in the preious name of Jesus,

Amen


Prayer For Strength and Peace

Father I believe that You are the One Who gives strength to Your people and blesses them with both peace and grace – and I thank You for the many times that I have received from You the strength to continue and the peace of mind to retain my trust in You, even when things of life seem to be in an utter turmoil.

Continue to provide me with Your perfect peace of mind that passes man’s understanding and provide me I pray, with the strength to face the difficulties in life that can so often causes our hearts to fail for fear of what is coming on the earth. In the power of Your Spirit give me I pray the strength to stand firm in the evil day – knowing that Your grace is sufficient for all eventualities – for Your strength is made perfect in my weakness.. in my dependence upon You.

Lord the world is certainly causing the hearts of many people to tremble, but I pray that my faith in You will stand firm to the end, that my peace in You will never be shaken and that You will give me sufficient strength to deal with every eventuality that comes into my life.

Though the mountains may be shaken and though the hills may be removed, yet I pray that my unfailing love for you will not be shaken and Your promise of peace will not be removed. Thank You that my strength and my peace is in You alone


Prayer To Be Shod With Serenity And Peace

Father, Your word reminds us:- how beautiful are the feet of those that preach the gospel of peace. I pray that in Christ I may wear the sandals of serenity and walk the pathway of peace.

Help me to be spiritually minded and to walk in a manner that is worthy of the calling to which I have been called. May I step out in lowliness of heart and meekness of spirit and help me to clothe myself in patience and kindness, and consider others needs above my own.

I pray that in Your strength my life may show forth the fruit of righteousness and grace and help me in all things to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.. to Your praise and glory, in Jesus name I pray,

Amen


An Honest Prayer For Peace In The World

Loving Lord, our hearts are crying out for peace in the world, and yet we know that Scripture has told us that throughout this church age and beyond – and until the Lord Jesus Himself returns to set up His Millennial kingdom there will be no peace in this world – but rather there will be wars and rumours or wars, which will cause humanity to cry out for peace, peace – when there is no peace – except in Christ Jesus – until that time when He returns to earth as the Prince of Peace at the end of the coming tribulation period. 

Lord I long for peace and indeed I pray for peace in this world but Father, I do not want to pray against the plans and purposes, which You have set by Your divine decree. Help me to pray intelligently as I see the people of the world crying out for peace, peace.. when the world can never provide the peace that this world longs for. 

I recognise that the nations of the world have almost unanimously turned their backs on You Lord Jesus, and that the time of judgement, about which we read in Scripture, is growing ever closer. 

Father that You have purposed that grace comes before judgement and we also know that the coming judgement of the world is to demonstrate Your mighty power to the nations…. so that the nations will KNOW that You are the Lord. 

Father I pray that many, many men and women will turn to You during this coming time of tribulation – about which we read in Revelation. Thank YOU that Your children – the Church will be taken to heaven before this terrible time of Jacob’s trouble begins – but Lord have mercy and save a great multitude without number so that in the ages to come that great multitude of believing men and women will live in peace and safety – in the kingdom of Your dear Son. 

I pray this in Jesus name.


Prayer To Rest In You Perfect Peace

Help us Father to take You at Your word and not to worry about the things of this life… Lord I confess that I do have a tendency to get worried about the little things in life and yet I know that this is demonstrating a lack of trust in the truth of Your word – for You have promised to supply all our needs according to Your riches in mercy.

Help me Lord to put my trust in You day by day – I know that You have told us, not to let our hearts be troubled and to trust in You in all circumstances of life – help me Lord when fear starts to well up in my heart to turn it over to You straight away – to fix my eyes on the Lord Jesus and to rest in Your promises of peace.

Thank You for all that You have provided for me throughout my life – my life and my home – my family and friends – my health and strength – the many benefits that You shower on me day by day – and most of all for dying for me on the cross so that I may live forever with You in heaven. I DO love you Lord and I pray that in the days that lie ahead that I would turn to You as soon as the first negative thought crosses my mind and ask that You would replace it with Your prefect peace, in Jesus name I pray

Amen.  


Prayer For Grace And Peace in Hard Times

Heavenly Father, I come to You once again to draw on Your sufficient grace which You have promised to all Your needy children and I pray that You would give me Your perfect peace – to guard my heart in these very difficult days.

Throughout my life I have come to You in time of hardship and You have never let me down. Thank You that the length and breadth and height and depth of Your grace is beyond my understanding and that Your perfect peace is beyond my comprehension – and yet You provide both grace and peace to all whose mind is stayed on You.

I pray that I in my weakness I would know Your strength, in my sadness I would know You joy, in my pain I would know Your healing touch and in these hard and difficult times I pray that I would know Your amazing grace and Your perfect peace deep within my soul – this I ask in Jesus name,

Amen


Prayer For God’s Promised Of Perfect Peace

Loving Lord You have given us peace with God through the blood of Christ Jesus our Saviour and the forgiveness of sins.. and have promised us the peace of God to guard and govern our hearts, in every circumstance of life.

Keep me Lord from allowing my heart to become discouraged, dismayed or afraid and help me to take every troublesome thought, that vexes my mind captive – and to hand it straight over to You, knowing how destructive and deceptive is a heart that is not secured on the promises of God’s Word.

Keep the eyes of my heart firmly fixed on my Lord Jesus, for I know that whoever looks to You is kept by the mighty power of God – for nothing can shake the one that is founded and secured on Christ – the solid Rock.

Thank You Lord for the promise of perfect peace that You leave with all Who know and love You as Lord and Saviour – in Whose name I pray,

Amen


Prayer For God’s Promise Of Peace

Times are hard Lord Jesus and my soul is getting troubled and afraid – and yet I know You told us NEVER to be dismayed or troubled. Keep me I pray from thoughts that vex my mind, for I know Lord that they are destructive to my soul and serve so positive purpose.

Lord Jesus I know that only You can bring true peace to our troubles hearts. Thank You for the precious gift of peace that You have promised to Your children. Your peace is so different from what the world has to offer – You have promised that You will keep all in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You.. Keep the eyes of my heart firmly fixed on my Lord Jesus.

I ask this prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, my Saviour

Amen


Prayer For God’s Peace Within

Father You have called me to be still before You, to rest in Your love and to patiently bear the cross that is set before me, knowing that You are not only at my side every moment of the day – but dwelling deep within my heart.

Help me to depend on You in all things, knowing that nights of sadness will soon be turned into mornings of joy – when You are by my side. Keep me from fretful thoughts and foolish imaginings, knowing that You are my best and heavenly Friend, my Shepherd, my Provider, my Defender – and the Rock of my salvation.

Draw me every closer to Your heart of love.. quiet my spirit, still my soul and instil in my inner being Your perfect peace that passes all understanding and help me I pray, to be still and know that You are God – my God in Whom I trust, in Jesus name I pray,

Amen


God’s Peace That Passes Understanding

Dear Father, You know everything about me and You know the concerns of my heart and the worries that I am now facing – You know that I do not have the strength to go on alone. I come to You now with nothing to offer but my trust in You that You will never leave me nor forsake me.

I humbly ask that You will pour into my heart that peace that passes understanding so that in Your strength I can face the future with hope in my heart – knowing that Your grace is sufficient for Your power is made perfect in my weakness.

In Jesus name Amen


A Christian’s Prayer for Peace

Loving Lord we know that deep in the heart of every man there is a yearning for peace. The nations try in vain to forge peace initiatives, peace plans and peach treaties – and yet we know that in this world there will be no peace until the Lord Jesus Christ – the Prince of Peace Himself returns from His place in heaven.. where even now, He is seated at the right hand of the Father. 

We thank You that Your Word tells us that in this world we will have tribulation and times of war until that glorious future day when Jesus comes to reign on earth as our heavenly King of kings, Lord of lords and Prince of Peace, when the earth will be filled with the glory of God as the waters cover the sea. And so Lord, as we live our heartfelt plea to You for peace in this troubled world, we know that the only true world peace will come through our Lord Jesus Christ – when He returns to set up His kingdom of peace, over which He will rule for 1000 years, until He has put under His feet all the enemies of peace and love and hope and joy. 

But Lord in the meanwhile we are to live in a fallen world that is lying in the power of the evil one and so we pray that we may take up the shield of faith and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God and stand fast in this evil day, confident of this – that we have the peace of God in our hearts for… Jesus said: my peace I leave with You – let not Your hearts be troubled – behold I am coming quickly… Now may the Lord of peace himself give us His peace at all times and in every situation…. The Lord be with us all, 

Amen


The Joy, Peace And Comfort Of Abiding In Christ

Loving heavenly Father I thank You for all the things that I am learning through the indwelling Holy Spirit – and that the more I abide in You and rest in Your love – the more I find that the fears and disappointments of life seem to fall into their proper perspective. 

What a comfort to know that – although we do have troubles and trials in this life – that the Lord Jesus has overcome every single one of them – and that all we have to do, to access His strength and sufficiency, is to rest in You and to abide in Your love. 

It is funny Lord, but for so long I thought that I needed to do lots of good things so that You would give me Your love and Your peace and Your joy….I thought that I had to earn Your love and joy – but You have taught me that it is the other way around – and all I have to do is to simply rest in Your love, to receive the peace and joy that only comes from You – What a comfort to understand that it is Your responsibility to carry out the good works that You have already prepared for me to do! – And then You do it, through me – in the power of Your Holy Spirit! WOW! Thank You Lord. 

Oh how it rejoices my heart and comforts my soul, that You do not have to rely on ME – but that all I have to do is to rely on YOU. Praise Your holy name. 

Amen


Christian Woman’s Prayer For Peace Of Mind

Loving Father my husband has divorced me and I am so full of pain and sadness. I went into my marriage for better or worse; for richer or poorer ; in sickness or in health – and expected it to continue until death parted us, but the emotional and economic strains on our marriage became so heavy that it caused us to separate and finally to divorce. Although my husband took the decision to divorce, against my desire – I admit that some of the fault must lie at my door too… 

Lord I know that divorce is hateful to You and certanily not Your will for any of Your children – for You made man and woman to join them together in marriage as one – just as Christ Jesus is joined together with the Church as one – and I feel that having gone through this divorce is a violation of Your will for my life. 

Lord … feelings of guilt keep coming into my heart and I have even thought that my part in the divorce would cause You to reject me as Your child. But Lord I KNOW that the bible tells me…. that ALL my sins, including any that are connected with my divorce, were ALL forgiven at the cross – even any future sins that I may commit – were all dealt with by the blood of Christ Jesus my Saviour… 

Thank You Lord that I am Your child. Remove any lingering doubts I pray, and fill my heart with Your joy and peace. Heal my pain and sadness and thank YOU Lord – that NOTHING in heaven or earth can separate me from the Love of God that is in Christ Jesus my Lord – including my divorce for which I praise Your name.. Help me to live my life from this day forward in a way that is pleasing to You, 

Amen


Prayer Of Love And Peace At Christmas

How we praise and thank You that LOVE in the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ came down at Christmas, when the eternal Son of God became Jesus.. the perfect Son of Man, and through Whom the promise of peace was given to men of goodwill – peace WITH God.. to those who trust in the redeeming blood of His Son, and the peace OF God.. for all who are born into the family of God, positioned in Christ and accepted in the Beloved.

Thank You for the example of a life that personifies love with its man tints and hues and thank You that the Person of Jesus Christ is the One that satisfies every need of the human heart.

Father at this special time of the year when we remember that first Christmas day when Your dearly beloved Son was manifested in the flesh in the form of a new-born babe, we pray that His love and His peace may spread abroad into the hearts and minds of many lost and hurting people, who feel themselves unloved and who lack that vital peace WITH God and the incomparable peace OF God within, that surpasses all comprehension.

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit grant peace in the hearts of all who are searching for answers, as to emptiness in their lives, this Christmas time. We ask this in the name of Jesus,

Amen


Thank you for Your Peace

Lord, help me to really know Your love for me, that any fear I may have will disappear. Thank You for Your peace which surpasses comprehension.

Amen


For Peace Around the World

The following prayer authored by Christian, Jewish and Muslim clergy was used in many places in inter-religious worships around the time of the Gulf War in 1991:

Eternal God, Creator of the universe, there is no God but You.
Great and wonderful are Your works, wondrous are your ways.
Thank You for the many splendoured variety of Your creation.
Thank You for the many ways we affirm Your presence and purpose,
and the freedom to do so.
Forgive our violation of Your creation.
Forgive our violence toward each other.
We stand in awe and gratitude for Your persistent love
for each and all of Your children:
Christian, Jew, Muslim,
as well as those with other faiths.
Grant to all and our leaders attributes of the strong;
mutual respect in words and deed,
restraint in the exercise of power, and
the will for peace with justice, for all.
Eternal God, Creator of the universe, there is no God but You. Amen.
— (Excerpted from Current Dialogue 24/93, p.36)

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O Lord,
you love justice and you establish peace on earth.
We bring before you the disunity of today’s world;
the absurd violence, and the many wars,
which are breaking the courage of the peoples of the world;
human greed and injustice,
which breed hatred and strife.
Send your spirit and renew the face of the earth;
teach us to be compassionate towards the whole human family;
strengthen the will of all those
who fight for justice and for peace,
and give us that peace which the world cannot give.


Prayer for Peace with Iraq

Lord of hope and compassion, Friend of Abraham
Who called our father in faith to journey to a new future,
We remember before you the country of Iraq from which he was summoned
Ancient land of the Middle East, realm of the two rivers,
Birthplace of great cities and of civilization.
May we who name ourselves children of Abraham,
Call to mind all the peoples of the Middle East who honour him as father.
Those who guard and celebrate the Torah,
Those for whom the Word has walked on earth and lived among us
Those who follow their prophet, who listened for the word in the desert
And shaped a community after what he heard.
Lord of reconciliation, God of the painful sacrifice uniting humankind
We long for the day when you will provide for all nations of the earth your blessing of peace.
But now when strife and war are at hand, help us to see in each other a family likeness,
our inheritance from our one father Abraham.
Keep hatred from the threshhold of our hearts, and preserve within us a generous spirit
which recognizes in both foe and friend a common humanity.
This we ask in the name of the one who came to offer us the costly gift of abundant life.
(In Arabic Abraham is often called “El Khalil” which means ‘the Friend [of God]’. Ur and Haran, the cities from which, according to Genesis, Abraham was summond by God both lie within the territory of modern Iraq.)
— (Alan and Clare Amos) Iona Community – http://www.iona.org.uk/


Peace in the Middle East

Sustain together in undiminished hope, O God of hope,
those who continue to labor with undiminished determination
to build peace in the land from which, of old,
out of brokenness, violence and destruction,
nevertheless hope emerged for so many of faith. . . .

Bless all the spiritual seed of Abraham together
with the light of your Presence.
From the light of your Presence
we have found a way of justice and mercy
and a vision of Peace.
We praise you O God, Giver of Peace,
who commands us to Peace. Amen

— Rabbi Herbert Bronstein, Northshore Congregation Israel, Glencoe, IL

* * * 

Lord God. . .
Bless all your children in the Middle East
with the gift of peace.
Reach out and embrace Muslims, Jews and Christians.
Dry their tears with your gentle hands.
Surround their trembling bodies with your loving arms.
Replace their fears with the hope and vision
of peaceful times to come. . . . Amen

— The Reverend Said Ailabouni, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Chicago, IL

* * * 

Almighty God!
After almost a century of mistrust and fratricide,
you inspired Jews, Christians and Muslims
to take the path of reconciliation in the Middle East. . . .

We ask for your forgiveness, O God,
yet we find it hard to forgive our past enemies.
May Your Words touch those who still stray
in the wilderness of vengeful violence,
forgetting your command to “forgive and overlook,
till God accomplish His Purpose;
for God hath power over all things.” Amen

— Abdelwahab Hechiche, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

* * * 

O God Source of Life, Creator of Peace. . .
Help Your children, anguished and confused,
To understand the futility of hatred and violence
And grant them the ability to stretch across
Political, religious and national boundaries

So they may confront horror and fear
By continuing together
In the search for justice, peace and truth. . . .
With every fiber of our being
We beg You, O God,
To help us not to fail nor falter. Amen

—Rabbi H. Rolando Matalon, Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, New York, NY

* * * 

This we know:
Fear can yield to faith, hope can reignite
Rage can cease, hatred can be melted. . . .
Merciful One, illumine the sight of your children
To see You in each other’s eyes.
Merciful One, spread the canopy of your peace over us,
Over Israel, over Ishmael, over all who dwell on earth. Amen

— Rabbi Sheila Weinberg, Jewish Community of Amherst, Amherst

* * * 

God Our Creator, who made the earth a peaceful garden,
help us restore that peace wherever it has been broken
by terrorism and injustice, especially in the Middle East.
We repent for the times when religious language
has fostered hatred and division. . . .

Bring healing to those whose lives
have been shattered by violence.
Instill a renewed spirit of reconciliation in those
who lead our people politically and religiously. . . . Amen

— Reverend John T. Pawlikowski, OSM Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL

* * * 

In the Name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful,
Praise be to God, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the Worlds,
The Mercy-giving, the Merciful. . . .
O Lord, Lead us from hate to love and from violence to peace,
from fear to trust and from despair to hope. Enable us
to eliminate poverty, prejudice and oppression
so that peace may prevail with righteousness and justice. . . . Amen

— Dawud Ahmad Assad, Council of Mosques, USA, New York, NY

* * * 

O God. . .
Forgive our complacency.
Stamp out the prejudices that lead to hatred.
Fill us with the reconciling spirit of your presence.
So may we join people of good will –
in the Middle East and throughout the world –
who raise before Jerusalem’s gates
their insistent shalom:
“Peace be within your walls. . .
Peace be within you.” Amen

— The Reverends Harry and Judith Hoehler, First Parish (Unitarian-Universalist), Weston, MA

* * * 

In the name of God,
Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
Accept our prayer to sustain us
and our brothers and sisters of different beliefs
in our desire for peace. . .
Help us to find this peace in our living together,
and in mutual sustenance with our neighbors. . . . Amen

— Mian Ashraf, New England Islamic Center, Sharon, MA


Prayer for Enlightenment

May Peace Prevail on Earth*
We pray for light in the people of North America
May enlightenment be in North America
May light be with us all ways
May peace prevail on Earth

We pray for light in the people of South America
May enlightenment be in South America
May light be with us all ways
May peace prevail on Earth

We pray for light in the people of Europe
May enlightenment be in Europe
May light be with us all ways
May peace prevail on Earth

We pray for light in the people of Africa
May enlightenment be in Africa
May light be with us all ways
May peace prevail on Earth

We pray for light in the people of Asia
May enlightenment be in Asia
May light be with us all ways
May peace prevail on Earth

We pray for light in the people of Australia
May enlightenment be in Australia
May light be with us all ways
May peace prevail on Earth

We pray for light in the people of Antarctica
May enlightenment be in Antarctica
May light be with us all ways
May peace prevail on Earth

We pray for light in the people of the Earth
May enlightenment be in Earth
May light be with us all ways
So that peace may prevail on earth Amen


Prayer for Peace

Father God, my heart is filled with chaos and confusion. I feel as if I am drowning in my circumstances and my heart is filled with fear and confusion. I really need the strength and peace that only You can give. Right now, I choose to rest in You. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen. 

— Mary Southerland


Prayer for Peace of Pope Francis

Lord Jesus, 
we adore your cross 
which frees us from sin, the origin of every division and evil; 
we proclaim your resurrection, 
which ransoms man from the slavery of failure and death; 
we await your coming in glory, 
which will bring to fulfillment your kingdom of justice, joy and peace.

Lord Jesus, 
by your glorious passion, 
conquer the hardness of our hearts, imprisoned by hatred and selfishness; 
by the power of your resurrection, 
save the victims of injustice and maltreatment from their suffering; 
by the fidelity of your coming, 
confound the culture of death and make the triumph of life shine forth.

Lord Jesus, 
unite to your cross the sufferings of the many innocent victims: 
the children, the elderly, and the persecuted Christians; 
envelop in paschal light those who are deeply wounded: 
abused persons, deprived of freedom and dignity; 
let those who live in uncertainty experience the enduring constancy of your kingdom: the exiles, refugees, and those who have lost the joy of living.

Lord Jesus,
cast forth the shadow of your cross over peoples at war; 
may they learn the way of reconciliation, dialogue and forgiveness; 
let the peoples so wearied by bombing experience the joy of your resurrection: 
raise up Iraq and Syria from devastation; 
reunite your dispersed children under your gentle kingship: 
sustain Christians in the Diaspora and grant them the unity of faith and love.

O Virgin Mary, Queen of peace, 
you who stood at the foot of the cross, 
obtain from your Son pardon for our sins; 
you who never doubted the victory of his resurrection, 
sustain our faith and our hope; 
you who are enthroned as Queen in glory, 
teach us the royal road of service and the glory of love.

Amen. 

— Pope Francis (September 30, 2016)


Pope Francis’ Prayer for Peace

Lord God of peace, hear our prayer!

We have tried so many times and over so many years to resolve our conflicts by our own powers and by the force of our arms. How many moments of hostility and darkness have we experienced; how much blood has been shed; how many lives have been shattered; how many hopes have been buried… But our efforts have been in vain.

Now, Lord, come to our aid! Grant us peace, teach us peace; guide our steps in the way of peace. Open our eyes and our hearts, and give us the courage to say: “Never again war!”; “With war everything is lost”. Instill in our hearts the courage to take concrete steps to achieve peace.

Lord, God of Abraham, God of the Prophets, God of Love, you created us and you call us to live as brothers and sisters. Give us the strength daily to be instruments of peace; enable us to see everyone who crosses our path as our brother or sister. Make us sensitive to the plea of our citizens who entreat us to turn our weapons of war into implements of peace, our trepidation into confident trust, and our quarreling into forgiveness.

Keep alive within us the flame of hope, so that with patience and perseverance we may opt for dialogue and reconciliation. In this way may peace triumph at last, and may the words “division”, “hatred” and “war” be banished from the heart of every man and woman. Lord, defuse the violence of our tongues and our hands. Renew our hearts and minds, so that the word which always brings us together will be “brother”, and our way of life will always be that of: Shalom, Peace, Salaam!

Amen.

Pope Francis (June 4, 2014)


The World Day of Peace

To the Queen of Peace, the Mother of Jesus Christ “our peace” (Eph 2:14), I entrust my urgent prayer for all humanity at the beginning of the year . . . to which we look with hearts full of hope, notwithstanding the dangers and difficulties that surround us. May Mary show us, in her Son, the Way of peace, and enlighten our vision, so that we can recognize Christ’s face in the face of every human person, the heart of peace!
Prayer of Pope Benedict XVI, (Jan. 1, 2007)


Pope John Paul II’s Prayer for Peace

O God, Creator of the universe, who extends your paternal concern over every creature and guides the events of history to the goal of salvation, we acknowledge your fatherly love when you break the resistance of mankind and, in a world torn by strife and discord, you make us ready for reconciliation. Renew for us the wonders of your mercy; send forth your Spirit that he may work in the intimacy of hearts, that enemies may begin to dialogue, that adversaries may shake hands and peoples may encounter one another in harmony. May all commit themselves to the sincere search for true peace which will extinguish all arguments, for charity which overcomes hatred, for pardon which disarms revenge. 


The World Day of Peace (Jan. 1, 2002)

“Salve, Madre santa!”
Virgin Daughter of Zion,
how deeply must your Mother’s heart suffer for this bloodshed!

The child you embrace has a name that is dear to the peoples of biblical religion: “Jesus,” which means “God saves.” So the Archangel named him before he was conceived in your womb (cf. Lk 2,21). In the face of the newborn Messiah, we recognize the face of all your children, who suffer from being despised and exploited. We recognize especially the faces of your children, to whatever race, nation or culture they may belong.

For them, O Mary, for their future, we ask you to move hearts hardened by hatred so that they may open to love and so that revenge may finally give way to forgiveness.

Obtain for us, O Mother, that the truth of this affirmation — No peace without justice, no justice without forgiveness — be engraved on every heart. Thus the human family will be able to find the true peace, that flows from the union of justice and mercy.

Holy Mother, Mother of the Prince of Peace, help us!
Mother of Humanity and Queen of Peace, pray for us!

— Prayer of Pope John Paul II


Blessed John XXIII’s Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus Christ, who are called the Prince of Peace, who are yourself our peace and reconciliation, who so often said, “Peace to you,” grant us peace. Make all men and women witnesses of truth, justice, and brotherly love. Banish from their hearts whatever might endanger peace. Enlighten our rulers that they may guarantee and defend the great gift of peace. May all peoples of the earth becomes as brothers and sisters. May longed-for peace blossom forth and reign always over us all.


Pope Leo XIII’s Prayer for Peace

O Lord, you see how everywhere the winds have burst forth, and the sea is convulsed with the great violence of the rising waves. Command, we beseech you who alone are able, both the winds and the sea. Restore to mankind the true peace of your name, that peace which the world cannot give, and the calm of social harmony. Under your favor and inspiration may men return to due order, and having overthrown the rule of greed, bring back again as ought to be, the love of God, justice, charity toward neighbor, temperance in all desires. May your kingdom come. May all recognize that they are subject to you, and must serve you who are truth and salvation; that without you they labor in vain. In your law is reason and fatherly kindness. You are ever at hand with your strength and your copious power to help man to keep it. Life upon earth is a warfare, but you watch the contest and aim man to conquer. The weak you sustain; the victor you crown.


Saint John of the Cross

O blessed Jesus, give me stillness of soul in You. Let your mighty calmness reign in me. Rule me, O King of Gentleness, King of Peace.


Alcuin of York

Christ, why do you allow wars and massacres on earth? By what mysterious judgment do you allow innocent people to be cruelly slaughtered? I cannot know. I can only find assurance in the promise that your people will find peace in heaven, where no one makes war. As gold is purified by fire, so you purify souls by these bodily tribulations, making them ready to be received above the stars in your heavenly home.


Saint Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow charity;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is error, the truth;
Where there is doubt, the faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light; and
Where there is sadness, joy.
O, Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying to ourselves that we are born to eternal life. Amen.


Peace Prayer from Wales

As we go: take Jesus in our hearts to offer His love to the loveless; 
take God in our minds to speak the name of peace to the restless; 
take the Holy Spirit into our lives  to live in Her power,
for the sake of all our human family. Amen


Aboriginal Blessing

May you always see the beauty of the earth. 
May you always taste the sweetest fruit.
May you always hear the laughter of the people.
May you always feel  the warmth of the flame. 
May your dreams always be happy ones. 
May your friends always be with you when you have need. 
May your stomach always be full. 
May you never feel hurt.  Amen


African Tribal Peace Prayer

Praise You, Oh God! 
That the elders may have wisdom and speak with one voice. Peace be with us. 
That the country may have tranquility. Peace be with us.
That the fields may bear much fruit and the land may continue to be fertile. Peace be with us.
That people may continue to increase. Peace be with us.
And may peace reign over earth. Peace be with us.
Amen


Peace Prayer from Judy Chicago

…then all that has divided will merge.
Compassion will be wedded to prayer. 
Softness will come to a world that is harsh and unkind.
Both men and women will be strong.
And none will be subject to another’s will.
All will live in harmony with each other and the earth, 
and everywhere, will be Eden once again! Amen


Peace Prayer for International Understanding

God of Peace, be with those who guide the destinies of the world,
so that an end may come to boasting and arrogance.
Give them the courage to speak the truth and the humility to listen.
Help us to put the good of others above our own ambition, so that we may be freed from the burden of fear,
the weight of suspicion, and may come to trust each other and live in peace. 
Amen


Peace Prayer of Oscar Romero

Oh God, You made Yourself known to us in the person of Jesus, and now, You are made flesh in all people. Let us be a community of the incarnation; a people who sorrow, suffer,
hope and rejoice with all human beings. Let us be Christ to one another. Let us be peace.
Amen


MLK Peace Prayer

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
O God, make us people of light; Make us a people of peace!
Amen


St. Joan of Arc Community Peace Prayer

Loving God, we ask your blessing on the community of St. Joan of Arc.
Make us a people of prayer and peace.
Give us hearts wide enough to embrace all whose lives we touch.
May our presence among others be a constant witness for justice, compassion and hope. 
Amen


Second Sunday in Advent Peace Prayer

Come Emmanuel, Come
Open our arms to the gift of the stranger
Come Emmanuel, Come
Open our ears to the cries and laughter of the stranger
Come Emmanuel, Come
Open our hearts to Your Presence that we may receive Your peace
Oh, precious and unexpected Guest
Amen


God of Welcome Peace Prayer

God of welcome, we come together  to reflect and pray; to listen and love. 
Let us break down the walls that separate us from You and from one another.
For in You there is no stranger, in You there is only peace.
Let us walk the way of the open heart!
Amen


Tutu Peace Prayer

Oh God, All Holy One, you are our Mother and our Father and we are your children.
Open our eyes and our hearts so that we may be able to discern Your work.
Help us know that You have created us, members of the same family,
Your family…the human family.
May we know war no more as we strive to be what You want us to be: Your children.
Amen

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