By Charmaine Chvala-Smith of Independence, Missouri, USA
You are called to create pathways in the world for peace in Christ to be relationally and culturally incarnate. The hope of Zion is realized when the vision of Christ is embodied in communities of generosity, justice, and peacefulness.
Gracious and loving God, as we gather to worship you today, we remember your desire to bless all your creation. So, we pray for the power of your peace to be freed in the world. Remembering that you came to us as a defenseless baby keeps us centered in the kind of peace you bring.
In our prayer for peace, we seek your clarity and your courage; clarity to recognize injustice against the most helpless in our society and courage to act on their behalf. Help us to challenge the systems within our influence that value the wealth of some over the health and safety of the most vulnerable.
God, you showed us your love. In Christ’s life, ministry, and death, we begin to take in the depths of your compassion, and we know that you comprehend the pain and hope each one here feels.
We pray for those nearby and far away whose home is the street and whose constant companions are need and fear. We pray for those whose innocence has been compromised by greed or neglect. We pray for those whose conscience has been crippled by racism, hate, or affluence; for those whose eyes have been blinded and hearts hardened by excess, by harm, or by ego.
We ask your Spirit’s nearness when we fail or stumble in our attempts to uphold each one as a child of yours. We need your presence so we will not be discouraged in our efforts or lose sight of the ways in which your love connects us to each other.
We believe your kingdom is a place where each person can know their worth, to you and to the world. Guide us individually and as a body as we endeavor to create a space for your kingdom in our midst.
We offer this prayer to you, that Christ’s way might more fully become our way. Amen.
“…he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love” (Lamentations 3:32).
Breathing God’s Compassion
Light a candle and sit quietly, reflecting on the fire and light of God. Pay attention to your breathing and let it become calmer and deeper as you focus on God’s presence. Ask God to breathe in you. Image each breath carrying the light of God into your lungs, bloodstream, and every cell in your body until God’s Spirit fills you. Now imagine breathing out God’s compassion and grace each time you exhale. Pray to have the Spirit of Christ radiate from your life like the gentle flame of a candle.
Today’s Prayer for Peace
Engage in a daily practice of praying for peace in our world. Click here to read today’s prayer and be part of this practice of peace.