Archived Prayers for Peace

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St. FrancisU.S. Province 

Gandhi’s Prayer For Peace

I offer you peace.
I offer you love.
I offer you friendship.
I see your beauty.

I hear your need.
I feel your feelings.

My wisdom flows from the Highest Source.

I salute that Source in you.

Let us work together for unity and love.

ULAF Region

PEACE AND NON-VIOLENCE

ULAF RegionJesus, guide us to search and build peace through the practice of justice, compassion and by defending life, given that justice, life and peace are inseparable.

You have inspired us with your beatitudes to a spirituality of peace and non violence and you invite us to say no to injustice, revenge, abuse of power and to weapons.

Holy Spirit, help us to say yes to the efforts put forth for an alternative society, to an option for life.  May we be witnesses of peace and non violence, may we go through the world loving with the tenderness and compassion of Jesus who proclaims the truth at the cost of His own life, who bravely denounces human exploitation, who never has any rancor but forgives and calls for reconciliation and calls us to build a just society where everyone has a place. Amen.

(Fragments from the book of, Espiritualidad desde América Latina, written by Fernando Bermúdez)

South India Province

A Prayer for Peace When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed

A Prayer for Peace When

You’re Feeling Overwhelmed

Dear God,

Thank you for being the God who never sleeps.

Thank you for always being here for me,

even when I’m not always here for you.

Thank you that you are Love and that you want

the very best for me.

Thank you for your promises and that you never change.

I am feeling totally overwhelmed. Please help me.

Help me to rest in the fact that you know

what is best for me.

Forgive me for turning away from you and trying to

control the outcome in situations in my life.

The Bible says that you are not the God of

confusion but of peace.

Help me to rest in your love and feel the peace

which surpasses all understanding.

Help me to feel your love and comfort.

Help me to be still and know that you are God and

that you will take care of me, just like any loving parent

takes care of their children.

Your Word says to cast all of our anxiety on you

because you care for us.

I turn all of my burdens and concerns over to you.

Please guide my every step and help me to be

attentive to your loving direction.

Amen

North India ProvinceNorth India Province

Thank you, God, for giving the Prince of Peace, your son, to us—the restless human race.

Your peace is an ocean of deep surging that never dries; we dare to approach this great gift of your love.

Our human hearts are often filled with envy, hatred, and violence, but you are peace!

Give us hearts that are still, so that every fiber of our being will be soaked in the river of your peace.

The human race longs to see the face of a healer who will take away all confusion.

You are the fountain of peace. Under your gaze, may our society be enveloped in your peace.

Help us all to look beyond our narrow worlds. Help us to recognize your great human family as our own.

Accepting all differences and barriers, let us grow into the fullness of your peace.

Sister Navya Thattil, OSF

European Province

Peace DoveAlmighty God,

Creator and sustainer of all life, we come before you to pray for peace and justice.

You have blessed us with a wonderful home: nature is gorgeous and beautiful. People from different cultures come together here. We hear many dialects and languages.

But out of human weakness and because of our egoism, your creation and the coexistence of the peoples are always falling apart. That is why we ask you:

When disquiet reigns and people suffer from conflicts:

Then, God, open the doors of our hearts to peace and to the hearts of other people.

When mistrust and violence grow among us, and hatred arises between nations:

Then, God, strengthen the spirit of unity.

If chaos and confusion frighten us, and propaganda tries to mislead us:

Then, God, give us a heart of peace that guides us safely through these uncertainties.

If we always need new ways to address the problems and concerns of the people and of nations:

Then, God, let us support those who work for justice, equality and peace in our country and around the world.

God, give us your help and let us do what is ours to do against any kind of injustice.

You have promised us your peace and you are a source of new hope and fresh courage for us, your people. For this we ask you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

Amen.

 

Imtiwala Imchen

(About the author: She is a Protestant theologian, director of the Clark Centre for Peace Research and Action (CCPRA) at Clark Theological College in Nagaland, India)

International Leadership Team

"Honor Diversity because it is a way that God has made us unique."
Ruthmarie Brooks Silver

A LITANY FOR THE REPAIR OF THE WORLD

In Jewish tradition, tikkun olam ("repair of the world") is a conviction that our obedience to God's commandments will advance God's own action in perfecting all of creation. The concept of tikkun olam aligns with Jesus's teaching on the Great Commandment in the Gospels. As Christians live out their obedience to "love the Lord God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength" and to "love the neighbor as self," we too usher in the reign of God and help repair the world.

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MANY:

Healing God, prompt our eagerness to do good in the world.
May God's peace and justice flow through me.

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MANY:
Hear our hopes for a world in which people of every color embrace one another as brothers and sisters.
May God's peace and justice flow through me.
 
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MANY:
Make our hearts tender to the "other," so that we see every stranger as a potential friend.
May God's peace and justice flow through me.
 
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MANY:
Relieve our fears of war and terrorism and stir in us a prayer for our "enemies."
May God's peace and justice flow through me.
 

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MANY:

Expose the lies that pit neighbor against neighbor, Republican against Democrat, Christian against Muslim or Jew, us against them. Bring your truth to light so that we might live peaceably with one another.
May God's peace and justice flow through me.
 

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MANY:

Renew our sense of Sabbath, where one day of honoring You brings all other days of the week into alignment with Your sacred purpose for life.
May God's peace and justice flow through me.

 

ALL:

Lord God, hear our prayer for the repair of the world. Bring healing to all people of every tribe and nation so that we might live in peace and unity, Your good and perfect reign.


Rev. Dr. Tammy Wiens
Associate for Christian Formation - National Office of the Presbyterian Church (USA)

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