Prayer for Peace During War and Crisis
As we write this post, we are praying for everyone caught in the violence in Ukraine. So many of us are praying for God to give His wisdom to our world leaders. Beyond Ukraine, there are so many places where people made in the image of God—all of us—are living through daily violence due to war, drug trafficking, human trafficking, and human rights abuses. Places like Afghanistan, Myanmar, Yemen, and many others throughout the world need peace.
We don’t have to just long for peace. It’s actually something God has given us power to create.
Here’s a prayer for mercy.
God, You are a God of mercy. Before I ever decided to live for You, You sent Jesus, full of mercy and grace for me. We are asking You to show mercy and to preserve life in every region of this crisis. We are asking for You to soften the hearts of leaders and bring them to compassionate justice. Please give world leaders Your wisdom. Have mercy on all of us. Amen.
Here’s a prayer for compassionate action.
God, You are the Maker of justice and peace. Please intervene in this crisis. Please send people with hearts full of compassion to provide relief and restoration to this community. Please bless the organizations providing food, water, shelter, and medical attention. Please guide me to specific ways I can live out the love of Christ to people who are hurting. Amen.
As you pray for war, crisis, and injustice to end, find hope and strength in this beautiful prayer from Jesus. Here it is from Matthew 6:9-13, in The Message version.
Our Father in heaven,
Reveal who you are.
Set the world right;
Do what’s best—
as above, so below.
Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
You’re in charge!
You can do anything you want!
You’re ablaze in beauty!
Yes. Yes. Yes.