In the Midst of Conflict
God whom we know by many names and traditions
We pray now for all people affected by the current war, soldiers and civilians alike:
In their hunger and thirst…Hold them in your mercy, and safety.
In their fear and despair…Hold them in your mercy, and safety.
In their separation from loved ones…Hold them in your mercy, and safety.
In their days and nights of endless waiting…Hold them in your mercy, and safety.
Until they are reunited with their families…Hold them in your mercy, and safety.
Until violence and repression end…Hold them in your mercy, and safety.
Until the hearts of the world open to their cries…Hold them in your mercy, and safety.
Until it is safe for them to return home…Hold them in your mercy, and safety.
Until their suffering is over…Hold them in your mercy, and safety.
Let us pray for peace in the midst of conflict;
for goodwill among nations in the midst of growing fear, distrust and hatred;
and for the well-being of all people, in the midst of threats to life and health.
Pray for justice and peace.
Let us pray for the leaders of the nation, for the leaders of the world, and for all
whose lives will be forever changed by their decisions and actions.
Pray for the world.
Let us pray for the sick, those here [in our community/in this hospital/in this house
of worship] and those in need of healing all over the world.
[We pray especially for_________.]
Let us pray for the poor, the hungry, the oppressed and those in prison;
for those injured, maimed or wounded in the horror of our current conflict.
Pray for those in need or trouble.
[We pray especially for __________. ]
Let us pray for all who seek God, for all who question God, for all who doubt God,
for all who are moved to ask God, “Why?’
Pray that they may find and be found by the Source of Life.
Let us also remember the departed; those who have departed in peace, and those
whose lives have been taken by violence. We remember all who have died.
[We pray especially for________.]
Together we pray for peace in our hearts, in our homes, in our nation and in our world.
The chaplaincy staff of the New York Presbyterian Hospital (adapted from a resource designed for interfaith prayer services and vigils)