Prayers for Peace

Listening to the news on the radio this morning convinced me that we all need to pray for peace. To give an opportunity to everyone, I have provided two prayers – one Islamic and the other Christian.

This is a prayer written by a Muslim:

O Allah, unite our hearts
and set aright our mutual affairs,
guide us in the path of peace.

Liberate us from darkness by Your light,
save us from enormities whether open or hidden.

Bless us in our ears, eyes, hearts, spouses, and children.
Turn to us; truly you are Oft-Returning, Most Merciful.

Make us grateful for Your bounty and full of praise for it,
so that we may continue to receive it
and complete Your blessings upon us.

Muhammad al-Jazri

* * *

This is a prayer written by an unknown Christian:

Make your ways known upon earth, Lord God,
your saving power among all peoples.
Renew your followers in holiness
and help us to serve you with joy.
Guide the leaders of all nations,
that justice may prevail throughout the world.
Let not the needy be forgotten,
nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
Make us instruments of your peace
and let your glory be over all the earth.

* * *

And now my prayer is for you – and for all those suffering around the world, especially in Syria.

 

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