August 4, 2022

Prayer for Peace for Peace

Eternal God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but the strength of love: So mightily spread abroad your Spirit, that all peoples may be gathered under the banner of the Prince of Peace, as children of one Father; to whom be dominion and glory, now and for ever. Amen. 

Psalm 83

O God, do not be silent; *

 

do not keep still nor hold your peace, O God;
For your enemies are in tumult, *

 

and those who hate you have lifted up their heads.
They take secret counsel against your people *

 

and plot against those whom you protect.
They have said, “Come, let us wipe them out from among the nations; *

 

let the name of Israel be remembered no more.”
They have conspired together; *

 

they have made an alliance against you:
The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites; *

 

the Moabites and the Hagarenes;
Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; *

 

the Philistines and those who dwell in Tyre.
The Assyrians also have joined them, *

 

and have come to help the people of Lot.
Do to them as you did to Midian, *

 

to Sisera, and to Jabin at the river of Kishon:
They were destroyed at Endor; *

 

they became like dung upon the ground.
Make their leaders like Oreb and Zeëb, *

 

and all their commanders like Zebah and Zalmunna,
Who said, “Let us take for ourselves *

 

the fields of God as our possession.”
O my God, make them like whirling dust *

 

and like chaff before the wind;
Like fire that burns down a forest, *

 

like the flame that sets mountains ablaze.
Drive them with your tempest *

 

and terrify them with your storm;
Cover their faces with shame, O Lord, *

 

that they may seek your Name.
Let them be disgraced and terrified for ever; *

 

let them be put to confusion and perish.
Let them know that you, whose Name is Yahweh, *

 

you alone are the Most High over all the earth.

Image: “World Peace Rose Garden Capitol Park Sacramento CA” by Loco Steve is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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