Featured Prayers: Prayers for Peace in Troubled Times

Collects for Peace

Other Prayers for Peace

Prayers for Protection

Prayers for Leaders

Litanies

A Prayer for Peace

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Lord Jesus Christ,
you told your disciples,
“My peace I give to you.
Not as the world gives do I give to you.
Do not let your heart be troubled,
and do not let it be afraid.”

Give us peace,
peace that surpasses all understanding,
peace and goodwill from you,
peace that guards our hearts and minds
and keeps them focused on you.

Move us
to be at peace,
to reflect your peace,
to maintain peace with everyone
as far as it depends on us.

Teach us
to reflect your love,
to not be overcome by evil,
but to overcome evil with good.

Stir our hearts
to be joyful in hope,
to endure trials patiently,
to persist in prayer
as we wait for you.
Amen.

Source: Paul C. Stratman for A Collection of Prayers, in response to the unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, August 2020.


Father of Mercies, Come to My Help

 

Praying Hands

Painting of Duerer’s “Praying Hands,” painted on cloth by an unknown Korean artist, 1951. Editor’s collection.

Almighty God,
Father of mercies
and God of all comfort,
come to my help
and deliver me from
this difficulty that besets me.
I believe Lord,
that all trials of life
are under your care
and that all things work
for the good of those who love you.
Take away from me fear,
anxiety and distress.
Help me to face and endure my difficulty
with faith, courage and wisdom.
Grant that this trial
may bring me closer to you
for you are my rock and refuge,
my comfort and hope,
my delight and joy.
I trust in your love and compassion.
Blessed is your name,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Orthodox prayer, slightly modified from http://stpeterorthodoxchurch.com/other-orthodox-prayers/

Comfort and Care for All in Need

Lord God,
graciously comfort and care
for all who are imprisoned,
hungry, thirsty,
naked and miserable;
also all widows, orphans,
sick and sorrowing.
In brief,
give us our daily bread,
so that Christ may abide in us
and we in him forever,
and that with him
we may worthily bear
the name of Christian.
Amen.

Source: Attributed to Martin Luther, found in https://www.globalchristiannews.org/article/leader-who-encouraged-persecuted-christians-eulogius-of-cordoba-859/

 

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