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Prayers for peace

Muslim, Jewish, Christian Prayer for Peace

O God, you are the source of life and peace.
Praised be your name forever.
We know it is you who turn our minds to thoughts of peace.
Hear our prayer in this time of talk of war.
Your power changes hearts.
Muslims, Jews and Christians remember, and profoundly affirm,
That they are followers of the one God,
Children of Abraham, brothers and sisters together.
Enemies begin to speak to one another;
Those who are estranged join hands in friendship;
Nations seek the way of peace together.
Strengthen our resolve to give witness to these truths by the way we life.
Give to us:

Understanding that puts an end to strife;
Mercy that quenches hatred,
And Forgiveness that overcomes vengeance.

Empower all people to live in your law of love.

Prayer for Peace in Iraq and the Middle East

We come to you, God Creator, you are the source of life and beauty and power.
Your son Jesus is the way of faith and hope and love.
Your Spirit is the fire of love, the fount of wisdom, the bond of unity.
You call us at all times to be people of the beatitudes,
Witnesses to the Gospel of peace and love and forgiveness.
You call us at this time, when war and rumours of war, weigh heavily on the peoples of Iraq and the Middle East.
Their lives are already broken by suffering and violence.
We renew our acceptance of your call.
We promise to work:
To bring the light of the Gospel to those living in darkness,
To bring the hope of the Gospel to those living in despair,
To bring the healing of the Gospel to the lonely, the disadvantaged, the marginalised
And to bring the peace of the Gospel to a divided world.

CAFOD and Pax Christi

Peace for the Children of God

O 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 in the universe.
And be able to see Your features
in every one of Your children.
May we learn that there are many paths
but all lead to You.
Help us to know that you have created us
for family, for togetherness,
for peace, for gentleness,
for compassion, for caring, for sharing.

May we know that You want us
to care for one another
as those who know
that they are sisters and brothers,
members of the same family,
Your family,
the human family.

Help us to beat our swords into plowshares
and our spears into pruning hooks,
so that we may be able to live
in peace and harmony,
wiping away the tears
from the eyes of those
who are less fortunate than ourselves.
And may we know war no more,
as we strive to be
what You want us to be:
Your children.

Desmond M. Tutu, Former Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa

Prayer service

O God,
your Son remained with his disciples after his resurrection,
teaching them to love all people as neighbors.
As his disciples in this age,
we offer our prayer on behalf of the world
in which we are privileged to live
and our neighbors with whom we share it.

A brief silence.

Let us pray for the whole human family. . .
Holy God, maker of heaven and earth,
you created all people in your image.
Look with compassion on the whole human family;
take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts;
break down the walls that separate us;
unite us in bonds of love;
and work through our struggle and confusion
to accomplish your purposes on earth;
that, in your good time,
all nations and races may serve you in harmony
around your heavenly throne.
God of mercy,
grant us your salvation.

Let us pray for the nations of the world. . .
Loving God,
in Jesus Christ you have ordered us
to live as loving neighbors.
Though we are scattered in different places,
speak different languages,
or come from different ethnic backgrounds,
give us common concern,
so that we may be one people,
who share the governing of the world under your guiding purpose.
May greed, war, and lust for power be curbed,
and all people enter the community of love promised in Jesus Christ.
God of mercy,
grant us your salvation.

Let us pray for the leaders of the nations. . .
Sovereign God,
you rule the ways of peoples,
and reign over every earthly government.
Work with those who work for peace.
Make every person in authority an agent of your reconciliation,
and every diplomat an ambassador of hope.
Give the leaders of the world [or name specific countries/authorities involved in conflict]
the wisdom and strength to know your will and to do it.
Bring peace and goodwill among all people,
fulfilling among us the promise made in Jesus Christ,
who was born to save the whole world.
God of mercy,
grant us your salvation.

Let us pray for our country…
Almighty God, ruler of all the peoples of the earth,
forgive, we pray, our shortcomings as a nation;
purify our hearts to see and love truth;
give wisdom to our counselors
and steadfastness to our people;
and bring us at last to the fair city of peace,
whose foundations are mercy, justice, and goodwill,
and whose builder and marker you are.
God of mercy,
grant us your salvation.

Let us pray for those who engage in war. . .
Righteous God,
Guard brave women and men, especially name/s,
who risk themselves in battle for their country.
Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace;
strengthen them in their trials and temptations;
give them courage to face the perils which beset them;
and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be.
Give them compassion for their enemies.
Keep them from hate that hardens,
or from score keeping with human lives.
When they must be at war,
let them live for peace,
as eager for agreement as for victory.
Encourage them as they encourage one another,
and never let hard duty separate them
from loyalty to Jesus Christ.
Comfort loved ones who await their return.
Give them patience, wisdom, and hope in these uncertain times,
and increase their faith and assurance in your love.
God of mercy,
grant us your salvation.

Let us pray for our enemies. . .
Persistently forgiving God,
your Son commanded us to love our enemies and to pray for them.
We thank you that, through Jesus’ violent death on the cross,
even enemies have been reconciled to you.
Give to all who seek to harm another,
your spirit of wisdom and reconciliation,
that peace and justice may prevail over violence, terrorism and warfare.
We pray for our enemies [or name specific enemies] and for ourselves:
lead us from prejudice to truth;
deliver us from hatred, cruelty, and revenge;
and enable us to stand before you,
reconciled through Jesus Christ.
God of mercy,
grant us your salvation.

Let us pray for the victims of war. . .
God of compassion and grace,
you remember all who suffer.
Even as we engage in combat,
may we also engage with even more intensity in acts of compassion:
to comfort those in shock, bind up the wounded,
feed the hungry, give shelter to the homeless,
bury the dead, and console those who mourn.
God of mercy,
grant us your salvation.

Let us pray for peace. . .
Eternal God,
in your perfect realm no sword is drawn
but the sword of righteousness,
and there is no strength but the strength of love.
So mightily spread abroad your Spirit,
that all peoples may be gathered as your children
under the banner of the Prince of Peace.
God of mercy,
grant us your salvation.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Finally, let us pray that we may be instruments of your peace. . .
Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is discord, union;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
Grant that we 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.
God of mercy,
grant us your salvation.

Open our hearts to your power moving
around us and between us and within us,
until your glory is revealed in our love of both friend and enemy,
in communities transformed by justice and compassion,
and in the healing of all that is broken.
We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.

May the God of Peace disarm our hearts so that we might disarm our world.
May God make us instruments of peace and lead us on the road to peace.
We make our prayer in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Amen.

We come to you O god with empty hands and contrite hearts. Have mercy on us. Bestow on us your peace, so that like rain on our parched land your peace may enter deep into our hearts. May your peace guide us. Amen.

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