Prayer for unity and peace

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Lord God, Heavenly Father, Jesus our Lord and Savior,

Please grant blessing over my family. We are in a state of crisis, yet we continue to act like everything is normal. We need you, Lord God, Heavenly Father to rescue us from our dispare. Please grant us peace in our home.

Help us to recognize the needs, respect the struggles, and support each other through this trying time. Help us to think before we judge. Help us to put ourselves in eachother’s places. Help us to recognize the struggles that each of us face daily through our acts and thoughts of compassion and empathy. Help care for one another through your grace and love.

May we love one another as you love us. With your guidance and strength, I plead for you to help us replace negative thoughts, action and words by reframing and rephrasing them. May we appreciate and recognize the daily acts of love and kindness that we experience and express our love for each other without fear. Help us heal our wounds, both physical and emotional, through your guidance.

Please be our light during this dark period and guide our way as we grow and adapt to our changing lives. Help this experience bring us closer through your love and healing. Help us find our purpose and role during this new phase of our lives. Help us to appreciate every day and live a life of grace through you. Please free me and my family from the pain we are feeling.

My our blessing help spread your love throughout our community, and may that love travel infinitely through everyone whose lives we touch. I ask this on your name. Lord God, Heavenly Father.
And so it is done through your healing love and grace.

Thank you for giving being the light that shines through our darkest hours!
I feel your healing light spread throughout my body and know that you are healing my family and directing our path.
And do it is done. Amen.

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Today, we turn our thoughts to the topic of prayer for family unity. Some families are fractured for many reasons. This indicates the need for unity whether or not all members are living under the same roof. About this tells inspirational love and peace verses from Bible.

There is the need for forgiveness and the restoration of broken relationships so people can be whole again. It has been observed that people who live in harmonious families are usually happier. They are  more fulfilled and more productive than those who live in problematic families.Another reason for seeking unity is because the family is the most fundamental unit in society. Therefore, if every family could live in harmony and peace, then  the society would also be more peaceful.

Prayer for Family Unity, Love and Peace

Oh God, help my family members be in peace and unity with one another. Please help each my family member embrace and practice the core values of our family for the well-being of us all. Let everybody feel loved and respected in family. Let us be committed to the good of one another all the time. Dear God, let us not nurture anger in our hearts for it to lead to resentment, bitterness and even hatred. Teach us how to resolve our conflicts openly, honestly and promptly. Please make us humbly enough to admit our faults and to seek forgiveness, love and prace when we have wronged others.  Dear God, please help each of us to seek peace so as to maintain the unity of the family. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

What is a Prayer for Family Unity

Prayer is talking to God. So a prayer for family unity is talking to God about family and your desire to live in unity, peace and love.  This is a state of existence where the family has a sense of well-being and harmony arising out of a shared feeling of commitment, responsibility and loyalty to each other and a set of core beliefs pursued in an environment where each person is loved and valued. Here, the individual can make decisions knowing that they are supported by the family, even when at times they might not agree. This kind of environment contributes to unity as a group while providing each member with the optimal chance of achieving their fullest potential.

Why Such a Prayer is Important

Such a prayer for unity is important because God invites us to come to Him with our needs. He promises to answer us when we pray according to His will. Also He will answer us in ways we never imagined or dreamed about.  These are enough reasons for us to come to God in prayer about unity in our families.

Family unity is worth pursuing not only because it pleases God. Where the family has a sense of well-being and harmony arising out of a shared sense of commitment, responsibility and loyalty. Family base is a set of core beliefs pursued in such a way that each person feels loved and valued. Within such a setting, the individual feels free to make decisions knowing that he has the support of the family, even when at times they might not agree with him. This contributes to their peaceful co-existence as a group while providing each member with the optimal chance of achieving their fullest potential.

This is why we need a prayer for family unity because it is so important to a person’s well-being. We must also not forget that it is God who created families to accomplish his purposes. And he also made the rules for bringing about peace and harmony within them.

Inspirational Love and Peace Verses in Bible

Psalm 133: 1 says “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity.” This verse from Psalm 133 cited states very clearly the goodness and pleasure that come when family members live together in harmony.  The psalm goes on to say it is like oil running down Aaron’s beard, suggesting a smooth, free flowing  relationship within the family. This sounds like a place where biblical love is in practice and manifests kindness, patience and readiness to forgive each other.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 says, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”

Colossians 3:13-14 says, ” Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”

A united family is one that prays and works together for the well-being of the individual as well as the group.  Parents have a task with the primary responsibility to create harmonious setting, they should seek to establish between themselves soon after marriage. They also should lay the foundation for the rest of the family. This should include a common set of values, based on the word of God, to promote unity.

How and When to Pray

Say prayer for family unity at regular family devotions. Then all family members may hear and give mental or verbal consent to the desires expressed since it concerns everyone. Pray it on important occasions when individuals go off to college or marry.  When you make important decisions  such a prayer becomes relevant. It can reduce the possibility of decisions turning out to be disruptive. Prayer should also be offered when actions reinforce the value of family unity. This can be an encouragement to others to pursue it.

Never forget that true peace and harmony begins in the individual’s heart when Jesus is Lord. This is the best preparation for living in unity within the family.

Also read: PRAYER POINTS FOR THE FAMILY

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Jerusalem, 5 June, 2017

Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit
General Secretary
World Council of Churches

In the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

Jerusalem is a holy city for Christians all over the world. Here the prayers and the praise to God, the one creator of all, have been offered for centuries and even for millennia. So it is also today. Followers of the three Abrahamic religions, Jews, Christians and Muslims see this as a holy city and pray here to the One Holy God.

The Holy Spirit creates our lives every day, renewing the face of the Earth, as Psalm 104 reads. The Spirit of God, “the Lord and Giver of life”, breathes into our world so that there is life in each one of us. This life is given to us through our mothers who gave us birth, and it is renewed every day as long as we live. We are created for life in fellowship and unity in our families, in our communities, in our cities, in our peoples. We are created for fellowship between the many peoples, to be together One humanity.

We cannot pray to the One God without consequences for how we relate to one another. Praying to God makes us accountable to one another as God’s creation, created in the image of God. The One God calls us to unity and to justice and peace with one another.

The Holy Spirit creates life for unity. Like at the first Pentecost, our faces, our voices, and our actions can express praise to God in a way that can create fellowship and unity. God can be worshiped in spirit and truth everywhere. That is why we pray together here – and in any place in the world.

The Spirit helps us to pray for the wounded life of our common home, the planet Earth.

The Spirit helps us to pray together to overcome fragmentation, polarization, conflict, violence and injustices.

The Spirit helps us to pray for life in unity, in just peace.

The fellowship and the unity that the disciples of Jesus Christ once experienced, getting together to pray here in Jerusalem at Pentecost, spelled a new beginning for the disciples and for the mission of the Church in the whole world. It happened to a community in fear. They lived under occupation and oppression.

The signs of the Holy Spirit described in the Pentecost story points indeed towards unity and just peace:

Languages are our means of communicating our thoughts from mouth to ears, and from heart to heart. But languages and our words can also divide us; we might not understand one another, or we might use our words to hit and hurt others. The miracle of the languages at Pentecost showed how the Spirit can make a difference in those who speak and in those who listen.

Tongues of fire is a biblical symbol of the Spirit. It shows how God can purify and clean our lives from sin, from what is wrong, what is destructive, and what creates injustice and conflict. The Holy Spirit tells the truth and helps human beings to see the truth about themselves and about God, so that repentance and real transformation can happen. The destructive and dividing, the discriminating and demonizing, can be replaced by creativity, love, care, and respect for our diversity. Unity does not mean to be or become the same as the other, and definitely not to be united by force. Unity is an expression of our life together in our diversity with respect for the dignity and the rights of the other.

The different places in Jerusalem echo the many stories of the life, the preaching, the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us how these events happened here. He saw the crowds and had compassion for them. Indeed, the churches in Jerusalem still bear witness to what happened here to the whole world, through your enduring presence in the city today. This happens in your buildings, and in the house of living stones, the fellowship of Christians. We know that this fellowship is under threat from so many limitations and obstacles, and we are very worried by the shrinking numbers of Christians in this city and in this region.

Here, next to the upper room, we are reminded of the first Christian sermon of Pentecost of Peter. The story of what happened with the crucified and the resurrected Jesus Christ then became the Gospel, the good news to be shared with all those living in Jerusalem and all coming to Jerusalem, and much more: to be shared with the whole world. Jesus declares his mission when we read from the book of the prophet: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19). Now the Spirit came upon those who should continue this mission of God in the whole world, sharing the same good news of liberation, of the possibilities of a new beginning, the new potential for fellowship, for a unity of sharing and prayer in the kingdom of God, that has come so near with its values of Justice and Peace.

Jerusalem carries the name of peace. Yet we know that the people of Jerusalem and in this area are not living in peace today. Pentecost this year comes at the same time as we here mark 50 years since the war that led to the occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza. The occupation has not ended. It is manifest in military rule, in discrimination and violations of human rights. It is also manifest in the building of settlements and infrastructure that are against international law – making it more of colonization than mere occupation. This must end for the sake of just peace for all the peoples living here, for Palestine and for Israel.

Today, we pray for just peace so desperately needed in so many places in this region of the Middle East, and for all the peoples in other places in the world that are troubled by conflicts, violence, and war. Last week I was in the divided peninsula of Korea. Our moderator, Dr Agnes Abuom, visits South Sudan these days. From different cities of the world today we hear about war, violence, and terror attacks.

Therefore, the Church all over the world prays from our hearts for justice and peace. We are in solidarity with one another and with all who are occupied, who are suffering from their fears, from violence, from war. We pray that the Holy Spirit will fill the Church with all the gifts needed for us to seek justice and be peacemakers. So that the Church can say the truth in love. So that the Church, a fellowship reconciled with God through Jesus Christ, can share the reconciliation given to us by the Holy Spirit.

That is why we as the World Council of Churches have said so many times and say it also today: Stop it! End the occupation! End all violence! Make just peace! It is possible!

Celebrating Pentecost on the same day for all Christians this year, in collaboration with the heads of churches here in Jerusalem, we invited Christians for a common prayer today, here, or wherever you might be. Church leaders around the world have helped us to formulate the prayers we share this day. Their prayers are available at our website for all who want to read and pray with us. Together with young women and men from churches of the WCC from all continents we are here today – where the Holy Spirit came upon all flesh, young and old.

Here we pray: Come, Creator Spirit! Come, Spirit of Justice! Come, Spirit of Peace! Come, unite us, Holy Spirit! Amen.

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Jehovah Mekoddishkem, we bless Your holy name. Fill us with Your Holy presence. Guide our thoughts, our actions, our words and our deeds so that they will all be used in the manner of glorifying Your precious name. Draw close to us as we seek Your face.

1 Timothy 5:8 But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

Ephesians 6:1-4 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke Your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

We just want to lift up our families before You, Oh God. Thank You for each and every member. Give them peace in their hectic lives as well as protection against all evil wherever they go. Allow each individual to be a blessing to others.

I declare that every sign of gossip, confusion, hatred, bitterness, envy, jealousy, malice and pride against one another will be dispelled in Jesus’ name.

We just want to lift up our families before You, Oh God. Thank You for each and every member Click To Tweet

Genesis 2:24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

Psalm 133:1 Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!

Restoring Unity and Peace

Restore unity and peace, and may love, faith and hope invade the hearts of each of them. Mend the broken relationships within each circle. Let love never run dry for one another and let all situations be resolved.

Allow all the lost ones who have been led astray by the world discover You again, Merciful Savior. Continue to bless us daily. We declare that all families will unite and love will be restored from this day forward, in Jesus’ mighty name, Amen!

Fathers, do not provoke Your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4 Click To Tweet

1 Timothy 3:4 He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive

Proverbs 18:22 He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.

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