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 become as brothers and sisters. May longed-for peace blossom forth and reign always over us all.
We pray for all whose lives have been touched by tragedy, whether by accident or a deliberate act.
For those who mourn, immerse them in your love and lead them through this darkness into your arms, and light.
For those who comfort, be in both the words they use and all that's left unspoken; fill each heart with love.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, whose own suffering brought us life, here and for eternity.
Most gracious God and Father, in whose will is our peace,
Turn our hearts and the hearts of all to yourself, that by the power of your Spirit the peace which is founded on righteousness may be established throughout the whole world; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Almighty and all powerful God, creator of the world and the nations
We bring before you all those caught up in the conflict in Syria.
We pray for an immediate ceasefire, for an end to violence against all civilians.
Give humanitarian organisations the space to assess the needs of those living in poverty and insecurity.
We pray for those who are experiencing the pain of personal loss, for families who are mourning the loss of loved ones.
Comfort especially those who have friends and family members missing.
We pray for those caught up in the cycle of violence and bloodshed: give them a just peace.
We pray for those in positions of power who have the means to make a difference.
Guide the United Nations, and governments whose intervention might bring about peace.
And we pray for ourselves, that we will not ignore their pleas for help, that we may play our part in bringing about the change that they want to see.