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Prayer for World Peace

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Featured on this page are several uplifting prayers that ask for God's peace to come to this Earth, with an inspiring prayer for world peace and unity, the famous short "Prayer for Peace" from the World Council of Churches, and the beautiful prayer of St Francis that asks that we might be instruments of His peace.

A Prayer for World Peace

(a prayer poem for peace on earth and world unity)

Dear Father of all,

Help us to see the world through your eyes, without dividing lines,
To see just land and water, mountains, trees and skies.
Help us to lay aside our class and skin, our background and race,
To know our shared humanity, to see a brother or sister in every face.

Help us to wear forgiveness, to lay down our pride and pain,
To seek first to understand, Lord may peace and reconciliation reign.
Help us to feel your compassion so we can freely forgive.
May we weave new threads of grace and cause seeds of hope to live.

Help us to play our own small part, with acts of kindness and of care.
May we arise as your children and seek out what is just and fair.
Cause us to make new bonds of trust with neighbours near and far,
And so to fashion a world where peace comes to Earth in this hour.

(a prayer for peace by Julie Palmer copyright © 2019 www.lords-prayer-words.com)

A Short Prayer for Peace

Prayer for Peace

A Prayer for the World

Join with Julie Palmer from Prayerscapes as she leads us in a heartfelt prayer for the world, with a request for peace to come where there is conflict and for God's love to be seen:-

Prayer for Peace

The following simple prayer for world peace comes from the Vancover Assembly of the World Council of Churches. It is prayed daily across the world at twelve noon by people from many different religions and beliefs:-

Lead me from despair to hope, from fear to trust;
Lead me from hate to love, from war to peace;
Let peace fill our heart, our world, our universe.

Prayer of St Francis

The following words are often referred to as the "Peace Prayer" and have been made popular in recent years by the song "Lord Make Me a Channel of Your Peace":-

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.

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Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.

Ronald Reagan (1911-2004)

The Prayer of St Francis

A contemporary reading of this famous prayer for peace:-