Praying for a Troubled World

from Prayers for Our Lives: 95 Lifelines to God for Everyday Circumstances

A PRAYER FOR THE WORLD

Do you not know?
Have you not heard?

Has it not been told you from the beginning?
Have you not understood since the earth was founded? 

He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth,
and its people are like grasshoppers.

He stretches out the heavens like a canopy,
and spreads them out like a tent to live in. 

He brings princes to naught
and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing.

Isaiah 40:21-23

Great Lord of heaven and earth,
We pray for our world.
But it is not our world, of course, it is your world. By your sovereign choice you created the heavens and the earth. Your power and beauty are everywhere to be seen in the creation. You chose to make humanity according to your image.
But we men and women have chosen to follow our own ways. We separated ourselves from you. We ruined the world.
We rejoice that you so loved the world, that you have come in the person of Jesus Christ to save us.
And so we pray for the process of salvation in our world.
Help us to see your light even when darkness seems to surround us.
Help us to proclaim Jesus Christ, the light that has come into the world, at every opportunity.
Grant freedom so we may proclaim the gospel without impediment.
Help those whose very lives are threatened in persecution.
Bring your holy judgment against all evil.
Let your justice roll on like a river.
Bring peace to troubled regions of the world.
Guide us into the ways we can be peacemakers, as the Lord Jesus commanded.
Give us the courage to be peacemakers when others only want conflict and war.
Build in us an integrity of attitude, behavior, and character that will let the world know that we can return to your goodness.
In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.

from Prayers for Our Lives: 95 Lifelines to God for Everyday Circumstances

5 thoughts on “Praying for a Troubled World”

  1. Thanks for this reminder.
    My country is supplying the people of Ukraine weapons to defend themselves by killing Putin’s hoard.
    Is that peacemaking?
    Putin is willing to murder those he deems “evil” (Nazis, Gays…) to get his political ends.
    Christians worldwide need to condemn this real evil and stand with the lowest of the low (christians and others) being murdered this second.
    I can only guess what the typical Ukrainian is thinking, hoping for today…

  2. “And so we pray for ‘the process of salvation’ in our world,” that ‘process,’ of course, being the hearing of the gospel (by the witness of a believer, and/or by the inspired reading of Scripture) and responding by believing.

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