Sunday, September 08, 2013

Prayer for Peace in Syria

Lord Jesus Christ, you are the way of peace.
Come into the brokenness of our lives & our land with your healing love.
Help us to be willing to bow before you in true repentance
& to bow to one another in real forgiveness.
By the fire of your Holy Spirit,
melt our hard hearts
& consume the pride and prejudice which separate us.
Bring peace to the people of Syria,
we humbly pray,
that those who have their minds bent to seek war
would instead this day find you
& fall deeply in love with you & your Kingdom,
where true peace is known.
Grant President Obama & the US Congress wisdom
& the courage to follow your ways
rather than any earthly political course or compromise.
Comfort those who are suffering
& show your Church how we might best serve them.
In all things, may your Father's will be done.
Fill us, O Lord, with your perfect love,
which casts out our fear
& bind us together in that unity
which you share with the Father & the Holy Spirit.
-adapated from "The United Methodist Book of Worship"