Peace One Day
There are many situations which need our prayers for peace: - personal, local, national and international. Below are some suggestions, choose one or more of these to focus on in your time of prayer.
Prayer for Refugees and Displaced People
Prayer for Students and Teachers
Prayer for Scottish Parliament
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people - for Kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”
1 Timothy 2, verses 1-2.
The words inscribed on the Mace in the centre of the Debating Chamber of The Scottish Parliament are: WISDOM, JUSTICE, COMPASSION, INTEGRITY - and we pray for these qualities in our leadership.
We also pray for the well-being of our MSPs as they lead our Nation.
Pray for the Linlithgow MSP - Fiona Hyslop.
Pray for the local Council as they make difficult decisions about budget cuts. Pray for the Community Council in Linlithgow that they would find additional members to represent our community. Pray that the qualities listed above may be evident in all who lead our community and nation.
Prayers for Peace
O God, the comfort of all who are sorrowful, and the salvation of those who put their trust in you, in this dying life, give us that peace for which we humbly pray, and finally receive us into eternal joy in your presence; through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Source: Roman Breviary, 11th Century
Lord Jesus, you wept over the sins of your city.
On our city/town/nation: Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord Jesus, you heal the wounds of sin and division, jealousy and bitterness.
On us: Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord Jesus, you bring pardon and peace to the sinner.
Grant us peace: Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
from whom all thoughts of truth and peace proceed:
kindle, we pray, in the hearts of all, the true love of peace, and guide with your pure and peaceable wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth
that in tranquillity your kingdom may go forward, till the earth is filled with the knowledge of your love;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Prayers for Justice
I pray for the lost, the hurting, the lonely, the sick, the bereaved, and those who are imprisoned—behind both visible and invisible walls. Send your comfort, your peace, and your calming presence to those who are without hope. Protect the defenseless, and hold them close to your heart. I pray for laborers to tell the good news of Jesus to people around our world. Jesus, my heart cries out for persecuted believers, too. Make them brave, and give them your powerful protection. I pray you will bring swift justice to those who want to destroy the innocent and those who carry your name. Bind the power of Satan, and strengthen believers everywhere. In the name of Jesus
Grant us, Lord God, a vision of your world as your love would have it:
a world where the weak are protected, and none go hungry or poor;
a world where the riches of creation are shared, and everyone can enjoy them;
a world where different races and cultures live in harmony and mutual respect;
a world where peace is built with justice, and justice is guided by love.
Give us the inspiration and courage to build it, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A prayer for flood victims
Heavenly Father, as we try to comprehend the destruction that flooding causes to people's lives, our hearts grieve. We ask for you to be with all who have suffered loss in floods. For those who have lost homes, we pray for shelter and community. For those who have lost livelihoods, we ask for financial security.
Praying for people affected by natural or man-made disasters
Truths to Meditate On
When catastrophes happen, we can often wonder about or doubt God’s goodness and sovereignty.
Here are five truths about God to hold onto:
God loves us “Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. You, Lord, preserve both people and animals. How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.” Psalm 36:5-7
God sits with is through the pain and weeps with us. He didn’t promise a life without trouble in this broken world, but guaranteed His peace and presence with us through it all.“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.” John 16:33
God hears our prayers and answers “In my distress I called upon the LORD; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears.” Psalm 18:6
God comforts us “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4
God heals our hearts “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3
For more help on how to pray, check out our guide to praying for breaking news stories.
Earthquakes have recently struck Morocco, and earlier this year, Turkey, Syria and Lebanon.
Pray for these regions
There have been hundreds of deaths and injuries, and many people are still under the rubble.
Our God of peace, bring your Shalom to the hearts of those who are troubled and your comfort to those who are mourning.
Our God who heals, Jehovah Rapha, bring healing to the bodies and souls of those who have been affected by these earthquakes in any way.
Pray for Lebanon
There have been no casualties in Lebanon but many citizens said the experience evoked the traumatic memory of August 4, 2020* or other catastrophes Lebanon has gone through in the past.
God of peace, Jehovah-Shalom, bring your Shalom to the hearts of those who had a stress reaction to the earthquake and brought back memories of wars and tragedy.
*The date of a warehouse explosion in Beirut that killed over 200 people and injured more than 7,000.