Prayer

Evil

Evil

Acknowledge that the LORD is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture (Psalm 100:3; NLT).

They kept demanding an answer, so he [Jesus] stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” (John 8:7; NLT).

“How can you think of saying, ‘Friend, let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye” (Luke 6 42; NLT).


Lord,
I’m sorry for all the evil
We, your people, inflict on
Those weaker than ourselves.

I pray for an end
To our boundless capacity for
Judgement and criticism,
Prejudice and discrimination,
Hatred and brutality.

May we all learn to live
In love and peace together –
At last.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Prayer

From war to peace

May your kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven
(Matthew 6:10; NLT).

“ ‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ ” (Luke 10:27; NLT).

…and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us (Matthew 6:12; NLT).

Father,
I pray for an end to war,
And all that underpins it –
Our ignorance,
Hatred,
Fear,
Enmity,
Selfishness,
Brutality,
Greed
And bitterness.

Help us to love you
With all our heart, soul,
Mind and strength,
And to love our neighbours
As ourselves,
Forgiving others,
Just as you forgive us.

Then we will move
From war to peace at last –
With you,
With other people,
And even within ourselves.

Lord,
May your kingdom come soon,
And your will be done on earth,
As it is in heaven.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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