Prayer for country peace

Dear God,

If there’s one thing I know for sure right now, it’s that the world wasn’t meant to be like this.

Nice, France. Orlando. Dallas. Alton Sterling. Philando Castile. These names, and too many others like them, are my nation’s newest synonyms for tragedy. For the friends and family of those who have died, they represent moments of agony that can never be unwritten. For those whose race or sexuality or occupation has given them reason to fear the same kind of violence, they are threats, reminders that catastrophe is a ticking time bomb waiting to explode.

Even for me, though these names are little more than headlines to weep over and shake my fist at, they still leave me reeling. They make me wonder how much longer the world as I know it can possibly survive. They make me wonder what I can do, how I should respond, if I too am complicit in this violence.

But you, God, know these names better than all of us. They’re not just names to you. You’ve studied every detail of every life damaged or lost in these tragedies. You’ve numbered the hairs on every head, gathered every tear. The people I’ve only ever known as victims, you’ve known all along as reflections of your own image.

You know far better than I that the world wasn’t made for hatred and pain. You’re the one who knew our human race from the very beginning, the one who breathed life into our dust and called us very good. You know just how beautiful we were intended to be.

So if my heart is breaking right now, surely your heart must be breaking too.

I pray to you not as someone distant and aloof, but as someone near to me, near to us, even in the midst of chaos. I don’t have to shout to get your attention. You are close enough to hear my broken whispers. No matter how strong or weak I feel, no matter how much or how little

faith

I can muster, I’ll start by whispering this:

Give us peace.

You are the sovereign ruler, the mover of mountains, the victor of impossible victories. You are Lord over earthquakes and tsunamis, over nations in turmoil and terrorist plots, over starving children and fleeing refugees and prisoners tortured for their faith. You speckled the sky with stars and set the earth spinning like a top. You own everything, control everything. Your hand allows each mind to think and teaches each heart to beat. There is nothing you can’t do. So I pray, even though it seems impossible:

Give us peace.

Bring an end to violence and hatred and discord. Steady the feet that rush into war and the finger poised on the trigger. Bring justice to the downtrodden, restoration to the marginalized and abused, hope to the hopeless. Guide all those in positions of power—whether that power is political or physical or social—and give them wisdom to use their power wisely. Give them, and all of us, the grace to admit when we are wrong and to seek forgiveness. Give us the grace to forgive.

Help us see your face in the faces of the people around us. Give us courage to love one another even when love seems like a risk. Give us compassion for those who are unlike us. Teach us to listen to those we disagree with, to hear stories that make us uncomfortable. Heal the hatred in the world around us by healing our own hearts first.

Give us peace by making us agents of peace.

Even now, in the midst of the darkness, I believe you are at work. I believe you have the power to fashion something new and beautiful out of our disastrous ruins. Give me patience as you work. Don’t let me rush so quickly into peace that I fail to learn from the chaos. If you’re revealing ugliness in my nation and world so that I can begin to address it and transform it, don’t let me be content to simply sweep it under the carpet. I want more than a temporary cease-fire of my own making. I want true peace, lasting peace.

Your peace.

If tragedy and chaos persist, keep me from apathy. Give me a heart that loves deeply enough to break again and again. Give me a passion for peace that only burns brighter as time goes by.

Thank you that your love has never stopped blazing. Thank you that no matter how many times our human race falls, you have never fallen into apathy. When we are faithless, you remain faithful.

One day, I know, you’ll give us a perfect peace that lasts forever. One day every sorrow will be erased and every tear wiped away. One day pain will be locked in a heavenly museum and hatred will be the stuff of history books.

But I dare to ask for peace sooner than that. I dare to believe, along with King David in

Psalm 27:13

, that

“I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”

I dare to plead with you in the name of Jesus, in the name of the one who suffered so I could plead with you:

Give us peace.

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The Bible says: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with gratitude, make your requests known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will protect your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

When you are stressed or broken you can turn to His word and find tranquility. Jesus said: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27. Let us seek the Prince of Peace in prayer that we may have that peace that passes all understanding.

Praying for Peace

Oh Mighty and Loving Father, we come to you today to ask that you grant us peace in the middle of our raging storms.

Give us the peace we desire within our mind, body and soul, so that our hearts would not be troubled even as the gale sweeps down upon us. As the future presents its own fears, calm our storms and settle our hearts.

Colossians 3:15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

Peace in the home

O Gracious Father, give us peace within our homes. Be present in the middle of our petty arguments and fights. Be present in the homes of couples suffering from emotional, physical and mental abuse.

Dear God, give us the strength and comfort within our minds so that we will have the courage and wisdom to know when and how to walk away.

Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

John 16:33 I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

Peace in my community

Give us peace, Oh Merciful Father, within our communities, our country and the world. Lord, manage the crime; the robberies, the gang wars, the rape and the overall murders.

We declare peace in our neighbourhood today! Oh Jesus, help us all, especially the families,who have recently lost loved ones; be their comforter in these difficult times.

In Jesus’ name we pray.. AMEN!!!!!

Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

John 16:33 I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

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Have a look at these Prayers for Peace:

  • In the Family
  • In my Heart
  • Praying for Conflict Resolution

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Moscow, April 6, Interfax – On the Easter eve, Ukrainian believers will carry out a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and pray for peace in their country.

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Via Dolorosa, Jerusalem

In frames of the mission Along the Lord’s way with prayer for Ukraine they will march on March 14, Good Friday, along Via Dolorosa which is supposed to be the way of Christ to Calvary, press service of the Information and Education Department of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church reports.

They will carry hundred copies of miraculous icons of the Mother of God with them, which they will take from Ukraine. On the eve these icons will be consecrated in the Kiev Laura of the Caves.

Besides, Ukrainians will take the Holy Fire to their Motherland as it comes down on the Easter eve to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem and meet with Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem.

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Dear Heavenly Father,

You are a sovereign God, and You do no wrong. You alone are in complete control of us and our lives, and for that, we are not only ungrateful, but we often try to take that control away from You. Forgive us for our despicable, selfish attitudes, and be merciful to us. We are all sinful creatures full of hate and anger. The world, and more specifically America, has become entirely reliant upon the state of our country, on our fellow citizens, and on our leaders. You gave us these things to remind us of how we ought to glorify You, and we have turned this life into a twisted, sinful, disgraceful mess. Give us all hearts of love for those around us and hearts of prayer for those who lead us.

I confess that I have a heart of hate and an attitude of negativity and pride, particularly towards this year’s election. Keep me from these things, and give me the desire to see success in our government and a willingness to trust You. I pray especially for the people who are representing our country and facing so much pressure and scrutiny right now. We spend too much time tearing them down. Teach us to see them through Your eyes and to wish success for them. Give us humility, and give us peace. When the votes have been tallied, let us accept and support the decision of our democracy. Whatever our preference, keep us from smugness or anger at the outcome. Instill in us a trust that exceeds our human understanding.

To those who are running for office, ANY office, grant the same peace. May they realize that You are in control and that You are good. Give them wisdom, and teach them kindness and humility. They are people, Your creations. Whether or not they realize that, give them Your holy peace. May each decision they make be beneficial and wise. Love them with Your perfect love, and open their eyes to Your redeeming mercy that is new each day. May Your words be spoken out of the mouths of those around them. I pray that Your Holy Spirit’s presence is known and wanted in our Capitol, in the lives of those who represent our country, and in the lives of all they come in contact with.

You knew what this year and the rest would hold before time began. Give us the peace and faith to believe that and be satisfied. Your plan is perfect, and all things will work together for the good of those who love You. Use your Holy Spirit to remind us and everyone else of that every day. Give us hearts that desire only what You desire. Work in the lives of those who are representing us and those who lead us. Teach them to lead with Godly power and wisdom, and teach us to follow them. Give us attitudes that glorify you, and may the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be pleasing to You.

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