We come before You today with heavy hearts, as we see the violence and conflict in our world. We pray for peace, both in our own lives and in the lives of all nations.
We ask that You would send Your spirit of peace to bring healing and reconciliation to the broken relationships that fuel hatred and violence. We pray that Your love would break down the walls of hostility and division and that Your people would be known as peacemakers.
We pray for leaders in governments and militaries around the world, that they would seek Your wisdom and guidance in their decision-making, and that they would work towards peaceful solutions to conflicts.
We pray for the victims of war and violence, that You would bring them comfort and healing, and that they would know Your love and grace in the midst of their pain.
And we pray for ourselves, that we would be Your ambassadors of peace in this world, and that we would reflect Your love and grace to those around us.
In the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace, we pray. Amen.
Suggested Bible Readings
Isaiah 9:6-7 ESV
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
Romans 12:18 ESV
If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
John 14:27 ESV
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
Psalm 23:4 ESV
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.