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A Prayer for a Divided World

From http://hearts-of-iron-4.smods.ru/archives/3296

O, Lord, we pray today that you would heal our nation.  In the midst of campaigns and elections, deliver us from the need to belittle or attack those who look, believe, or think differently from ourselves.  Deliver us, as well,  from the divisions that stop us from living up to our highest and noblest standards.

We would not pray for the nation alone.  O, Lord, we pray that you would also heal our world.  Bring an end to the cycles of hate and retaliation and hate again.  We pray for the end of ethnic anger and religious distrust.  We pray that you would find a way to bring to an end all ancient grudges.

We offer ourselves to You in the hope that in, this year, our hearts would advance as much as technology.  May our hearts be stirred, not by new inventions or new social media, but by the hope for peace that might come in these days.  Whether in person, or on the internet, help us to acknowledge whenever our words wound and our spirits attack others.  Should we demonstrate hostility, malice, or antagonism, convict us in the moment to cease.  Help us to express our beliefs in ways that please Christ, no matter how others respond to us.  In the greatest debates may we be found faithful, both in conviction and in expression. Make us instruments of your peace and teach us to examine our own words and the leanings of our hearts.

We also pray that you would heal our families.  Come into our homes and give us hearts that love like Jesus, hearts that give, hearts that serve one another, hearts that forgive, and hearts that keep commitments.  We pray that our homes might not only be  at peace, but be sources for the peace needed so desperately in this world.

We pray today that you would grant grace to all who seek it.  May every person who enters a church this Sunday know that you are love, know that you are welcoming, know that you have been looking for them, and know that their sins are forgiven.  Grant peace to each restless soul.

Lord, make us more like your Son, Jesus, so that we might give glory to you and the world.  In His name we pray, Amen.

 

See also:

A Prayer for Christian Citizenship

A Prayer for Elected Leaders

A Prayer for the World

 

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