With the world in such tumultuous times, it’s important to remember that we are all connected, no matter what culture or country we may be from. Prayers can be powerful tools to bring love and connection to all of humanity when used in the right context, and they don’t have to be complicated or awkward. Here are 15 prayers you can say to bring healing and hope to our planet, whatever your beliefs may be.
15 Prayers for World Peace
The world we live in is full of conflict and war, appearing to be amidst one conflict one after the next, but we are able to always look to God to help us change our circumstances. Below are 15 prayerful prayers to bring about peace in the world and printable images that you can make or to use to share.
Prayer for World Peace
Lord Jesus, You came that the world might know the peace that You have experienced with the Father eternally. Yet, You taught us that in this life there will be wars and rumors of wars. Nations will rise against nations as violence works itself out in the world. However, through You, the world may be saved. O Lord, send Your spirit into the hearts of all men, that the world might know true peace through Your abundant mercy. Amen.
Prayer For Our Enemies
Heavenly Father, help us forgive those who hurt us. Help us to release our anger. Help us to see them with Your loving eyes. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Prayer For Those That Persecute
Lord Jesus, bring peace into their hearts and minds. Give them an understanding of love, so that they will no longer live in ignorance, but instead be able to see with your eyes. Help them understand what it is they do, how it effects you and me, as well as all of humanity.
Prayer To Overcome Obstacles
Grant us, we pray, O God, strength to withstand all temptations of pride, ambition and greed. Enable us so to live that our days on earth may be devoted entirely to Thy service; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer for Healing Atrocities
Lord God, the blood of the innocent does not lie idle. It calls out to You for vengeance, for the life of all is in the blood. Lord, put an end to the shedding of innocent blood around the world. Destroy the schemes of the wicked who monger after war and create conflict. Quench the insatiable fire of the greedy and murderous, for these people will not inherit Your kingdom and world to come. Hear our heartfelt cry, Lord. Amen.
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A Unity Prayer
Father, You sent Your only begotten Son into this world to bear our flesh and to save us. In His mission, He taught us about Your heart. You are surely a God of peace who abhors violence. Wherever possible, You encourage unity. He taught us to follow Him, to be the salt of the earth, and to make peace wherever we can. Lord, teach us to be peacemakers and to walk in a manner that reflects the wondrous peace that is given through Your Spirit in Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Prayer for Faith in God’s Intervention
Father, even when things seem hopeless, we know that through You we are never without hope. We beg Your intervention for a world on the constant brink of war. Beat the swords into plowshares and cause the lion to lie down with the lamb. Intervene in this world that they might avoid the horrors of war and let peace rule in all lands. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Prayer to End Violence Through Forgiveness
Father, violence is never the answer. It destroys Your good creation and it grieves Your heart when people resort to it. Despite the world knowing who You are, they do not know the peace that You can give them. Lord, I ask that You arise and put an end to all violence. Extinguish pain and misery wherever it is found, and spread Your gift of grace and peace upon the face of creation. Let forgiveness reign and end the bloodshed. Through Christ, Your Son, our Lord. Amen.
Prayer for Grace to Lay Down Arms
Heavenly Father, there are people in this world who live to see others suffer. They take up arms to rattle the foundations of the earth. They seek to destroy and kill. Lord, faithfully change the hearts of these bloodthirsty people. Make them lay down their arms, so that peace may prosper in all lands. Let Your grace become paramount. In Your mercy, hear this prayer. Amen.
Prayer for Compassion
Lord, it is right and proper that those with hot tempers be cooled. Such is the case with many world leaders whose nations sit at the brink of war. For fear of escalating tensions, I ask that You send Your spirit of peace and compassion to facilitate the cooling of hostilities. Let love and forgiveness reign in the hearts of all, that the spirit of hate and strife would find no foothold in all the world through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
A Prayer for Understanding
Lord God, not every region on earth is the same. In some areas, war is all they have ever known. Their lives and families have been torn apart by the hellish ravages of war. Lord, I pray that You intervene by Your mighty power. Grant understanding where there is none. Break the backs of those who are hostile and hungry for power. Thwart the plans of the murderous and tyrannical, for You care for all people in Jesus’ name. Amen.
A Prayer for Hope in Lasting Peace
Father God, we know that You are the giver of all good things, including times of peace. Yet, even amid peaceful times, some seek to cause upheaval and war on the Earth. Therefore, we ask that You allow the peace on Earth to endure through the schemes of these wicked people. Give us hope in the establishment of Your kingdom. Let Your peace that surpasses all understanding keep all the Earth in Christ. Amen.
A Prayer for Hope Against Tyranny
Lord Jesus, You came to set us free from the tyranny of sin, death, and the Devil. Yet, there are also tyrants amongst us who lead nations and rebellions. These tyrants seek to create war and misery amongst the nations. They exalt themselves above all, including You, Lord Jesus. Therefore, shatter their weapons. Knock them down off of their pedestal so that wars may not abound and so that world peace may flourish through Your anointing spirit. Give us a lasting hope in a world without war. Amen.
Prayer For Community and Family
Please help me walk in love toward everyone in my family and community. I don’t need to judge or criticize anyone; I don’t need to justify myself. Let me simply practice patience, forgiveness, compassion, understanding, humility, generosity, non-judgmental attitudes. Let these attitudes radiate from me so that all people around me feel safe enough to be their true selves.
Prayer For Self-Understanding
Lord, grant me self-understanding. Help me to gain clarity about my true feelings, needs, hopes, and wishes. Heal me of all self-deception. Free me from toxic shame. Let go of my need to be perfect or superior; let go of my need to be seen as good or superior at all costs. Let go of my fears about vulnerability, being ordinary or imperfect—let them drop away from me like a heavy burden that is too heavy for me carry anymore.