Say These Short but Powerful Prayers for Those Experiencing Wars

The fear of war is something we all have in common as humans; the thought of having to wake-up to the blasts of bombs, gunshots over the air, to live each second expecting that it could be our last, to be deprived of peace, food, freedom to move and live normal lives. For peace in your nation, pray these  5 Miraculous Prayers for Peace in Your Nation.  While some of us would count ourselves lucky not to be experiencing this, it has become a sad reality for others. Israel, Palestine, Nigeria, Iraq, Iran and even more recently, the Russia versus Ukraine war; people in these places are made to live in that night mare. For peace of mind when having anxiety, see 16 Prayers for Healing, Comfort, Recovery and Strength

Although we can’t be there with them physically, we can all do one thing; pray for them. “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others” (Philippians 2:3-4). We should always keep them in our hearts and prayers, offering them up to God to end their wars, restore peace in their lands and give us all to the heart to love one another in spite of colour, race, ethnicity and religion. Also see 5 Prayers to Say for Your Siblings and Loved Ones.

Let’s say these Prayers:

In Time of War

O Lord God of infinite mercy, we humbly implore You to look down on the nations now engaged in war. Do not count Your people’s sins against them, but grant them true repentance, that the lusts of the human heart may be conquered by Your Spirit of gentleness and righteousness. Look in mercy on those immediately exposed to peril. Comfort the prisoners, relieve the sufferings of the wounded, and show mercy to the dying. According to Your good and gracious will, remove the causes and occasions of this war, and restore peace among the nations; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

For the Suffering

Father of all mercies and God of all comfort, look in pity on all who are suffering during this time of strife and warfare. Protect the defenseless, heal the wounded, and sustain the homeless and hungry. Turn the hearts of our enemies, and forgive both them and us for our share in the sin that has brought this anguish on humanity. Open to us a way of reconciliation, and lead us to the path of peace; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

For Those Who Grieve

You are the Father of all mercies and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction. Bless those who grieve the death of loved ones, especially those who mourn the loss of loved ones during this time of war. You have conquered death in the death of Your dear Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, who embraced the world in His dark death. Bring hope through the Word of Christ to all who mourn, that they may learn to hand over all of their sorrows to Jesus, the Man of sorrows, who is personally acquainted with our suffering. Remind us always, especially in the time of death, that Your will is always good and gracious to save; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Praying for others not only strengthens them, it also makes God bless you more. You can see proof of that with Job. “The Lord restored the fortunes of Job when he prayed for his friends, and the Lord increased all that Job had twofold” (Job 42:10). But this shouldn’t be our driving force behind helping others. It should be more from our desire to make the world better for everyone. Many thanks for reading!

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