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Thirsting for Peace

1 December 2023

By Bruce Lindgren of Independence, Missouri, USA

…be in the forefront of those who would mediate this needless destruction while there is yet day.

Doctrine and Covenants 150:7

Our loving God, we pause at this quiet time to offer a prayer for peace. As we near the Advent season, we are particularly grateful for the gift of your Son, Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace. He came into a world of conflict, hatred, and distrust to sow seeds of peace and justice. Through him, your gospel of peace and redemption became flesh, lived out in the life of one who was like us, yet also divine.

We are aware of injustice and oppression in our world, leading to a lack of peace, a hungering and thirsting for peace. We ask for your loving presence to redeem moments of violence, oppression, and injustice. May we find the seeds of peace that you have placed into our most difficult moments and situations.

We are also aware that we are often not at peace within ourselves. May our lives be directed more fully toward you. May we be guided by your Spirit, and may we be at peace as we move through a world that seems to be in so much need.

We ask your blessing on all the peoples of the Earth today. May we all be agents and recipients of your peace.

This is our prayer, O God, in Jesus’s name we pray. Amen.

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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