Prayers in Wartime

Selected prayers from various religious traditions

Use one of the following prayers, or explore these liturgies and prayers for wartime from selected religious denominations.

Prayer for the Military
O God of Mercy, we beg You now to protect in a special way those who are fighting for us and for the country we love. Bless them and take care of them. If they are tired, give them strength. If they are wounded and suffering, give them comfort. If they are lonely, touch them with Your gentle hand and let them know that You are near them. Grant them strength, wisdom and help through Your power and Your limitless love. Amen.

Source: Presidentialprayerteam.org

Lord's Prayer For The Military Wife
Lord, Grant me the greatness of heart to see,
the difference in duty and his love for me.
Give me the understanding to know,
That when duty calls he must go.
Give me a task to do each day,
to fill the time when he is away,
And Lord when duty is in the field,
Please protect him and be his shield.

Source: wonderfulmiracles.com

A Jewish Wartime Prayer
We pray for a swift conclusion to this war and for the realization of all of its noble objectives.
We pray for the total elimination of the arsenals of weapons of mass destruction, which pose a grave threat to humanity.
We pray for the well being of innocent civilians who are in harm's way.
We pray for the achievement of liberty and freedom for the citizens of Iraq.
We pray that Israel will be blessed with neighbors that will allow her to live in peace.
We pray that the Almighty enlighten the hearts and minds of our leaders with His good counsel.
We pray for the eradication of terror and for lasting peace throughout the world.
We pray for the courage to rise to the many challenges that lie ahead.
We pray for the continued capacity to hope for a better future for all mankind.
We call upon all of our constituent congregations, along with men and women of good faith everywhere, to pray for the well being of the members of the Armed Services of the United States of America.
We echo the ancient words with which we traditionally conclude our prayers:
"May He who makes peace in His celestial domain, bring peace to us all...and let us say 'Amen'"

Source: Orthodox Union & the Rabbinical Council of America

A Muslim Wartime Prayer
Oh, Lord! Help us to hold fast all together to Your path, even in the shaky times. Lord! You have promised to help us in our time of trouble and need. We rest upon Your word.

Source: Imam Moujahed Bakhach Invocation before Texas legislature on 3/18/03.

Christian Prayer for the Nation
God of ages,
in your sight nations rise and fall,
and pass through times of peril.
Now when our land is troubled,
be near to judge and save.
May leaders be led by your wisdom;
may they search your will and see it clearly.
If we have turned from your way,
help us to reverse our ways and repent.
Give us your light and your truth to guide us;
through Jesus Christ,
who is Lord of this world, and our Savior. Amen.

Source: Presbyterian Church USA

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