into heavenPeace and solitude are often elements that are taken for granted. Whether you’re enduring a challenging obstacle within your life or just trying to find your way through a gloomy day, peace and solitude are two things that can be life changing. However, prayer can serve as a turning point towards better days. Prayer is an outlet that can be used to communicate to your guardian angels and God when you’re in true need of peace and solidarity within your life.

When you’re voicing your prayers, take these words into consideration.

Isaiah 30:15: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.”

Psalm 46:10: “Be still and know that I am God.”

Prayer for World Peace: Great God, who has told us, "Vengeance is mine," save us from ourselves, save us from the vengeance in our hearts and the acid in our souls. Save us from our desire to hurt as we have been hurt, to punish as we have been punished, to terrorize as we have been terrorized. Give us the strength it takes to listen rather than to judge, to trust rather than to fear, to try again and again to make peace even when peace eludes us. We ask, O God, for the grace to be our best selves. We ask for the vision to be builders of the human community rather than its destroyers. We ask for the humility as a people to understand the fears and hopes of other peoples.

We ask for the love it takes to bequeath to the children of the world to come more than the failures of our own making. We ask for the heart it takes to care for all the peoples of Afghanistan and Iraq, of Palestine and Israel as well as for ourselves. Give us the depth of soul, O God, to constrain our might, to resist the temptations of power to refuse to attack the attackable, to understand that vengeance begets violence, and to bring peace--not war--wherever we go.

For You, O God, have been merciful to us. For You, O God, have been patient with us. For You, O God, have been gracious to us. And so may we be merciful and patient and gracious and trusting with these others whom you also love. This we ask through Jesus, the one without vengeance in his heart. This we ask forever and ever. Amen – Sister Joan Chittister, OSB

Peace Day Prayer: Fountain of Everlasting Peace and Healing Balm, Wash over our wounds of war, violence, and hatred, Scrub deep the stains that destroy the fabric of Your Existence, Mend the tattered threads of the Cloak of Your Majesty, The delicate web of the universe which is Your Life and Love...

A prophet of non-violence You have raised up for Truth, Reflecting the Source of Your Unfathomable Wisdom, Flowing from the One Great Abyss of Creation's Glory, Open our minds to hear Your Voice speaking Peace this day, Born from One Cosmic Egg, we are one family in You, Help us to learn forgiveness, kindness, tolerance, Greatness of mind and heart, So that destroying all weapons of war, Burying all animosities and differences, We may hear the Divine Harmony of Your Love, Preserving our blue-jewel-earth-planet, Spinning the dance of a Mother's Infinite Tenderness, That draws all into Unity in one Compassionate Heart. Bestow the Blissful Smile of sun and rain which is Your Divine Presence Making Peace grow in our hearts as seeds for a new era, Birthing the song of non-violence Which blesses our world with Peace Eternal. – Sister Rosemarie

John 6:15: “Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.”

Luke 11:1-2: “One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.’ He said to them, ‘When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come…”

Prayer can provide peace and solitude. When your day-to-day life leaves you feeling overwhelmed and confused, turn to the power of prayer and the words will reveal the answers you need.

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