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Pray for Peace

6 December 2023

By Barbara Howard of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, USA

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

Mark 13:31

God of all the earth and all the earth’s people moves in us to pray for peace.
May the spirit of reconciliation, like flood waters, fill the places of political power.
May the healing waters of God’s love baptize the hearts of warring people.
May God use us to shatter walls of fear and prejudice.
May we build, rather than destroy.
Let God be our source of strength rather than relying on arms.
May we be ourselves with confidence in God’s creative power to move us from terror to trust. May we be God’s peacemakers.

Prayer Phrase

“And the peace of God…will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).

Spiritual Practice

Praying for Peace

Praying for peace is a daily Community of Christ spiritual practice. This Advent season we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the prayer for peace. Bring a candle to your prayer space. Greet God, light the candle, and sit quietly, looking at this symbol of God’s light and Christ’s peace. Slowly read the Prayer for Peace in today’s Daily Bread, silently or aloud. Sit in silence again. What images and desires for peace come to your heart and mind? Speak or write your own prayer for peace. Close your prayer and blow out your 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.

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