Category: Prayers for Peace

Violence and chaos in the Middle East have left many around the world hopeless and feeling helpless. As followers of Jesus, we refuse to be sidetracked by the temptation to despair.

Prayers for Peace (P4P) provides a way for Christians of diverse political and theological backgrounds to stand up for peace and unite in supplication to God with a special focus on prayers for the Holy Land. Prayers for Peace provides Jesus’ followers with the common language of prayer around which to mobilize their energy and passion for the land that gave birth to our faith. To combat the prevailing images of discord, Prayers for Peace will highlightpeace-building organizations that we may pray for them as they live out the reconciliation offered in the Prophets and Jesus’ message of peace.

Prayers for Peace is thankful for the partnership of our board member organization Evangelicals for Social Action in writing and sharing these prayers.


And a Child Shall Lead Them

What if Benjamin Netanyahu, Mahmoud Abbas and Barrack Obama had the opportunity to meet in their youth?

What if over the course of their adolescent years these world leaders got to know each other on a personal level?

What if  they spent significant amounts of time together playing games, sharing conversations over meals, and learning about each others’ perspectives on family, faith and the problems in the world?

Would there be peace in the Holy Land today if these influential men were given the chance to be friends when they were young?

There is an amazing organization that is giving these opportunities to the leaders of tomorrow.   Kids4Peace is an empowering youth movement that seeks to create change.   Since 2002, the organization has been providing opportunities for Israeli, Palestinian, and North American kids to connect in deep and meaningful ways.   The purpose of this interfaith organization is to “end conflict and inspire hope in Jerusalem and other divided cities around the world.” Read more

Finding Jesus in the Midst of Conflict  

by Elli Atchison, World Vision

Two weeks ago I was privileged to be part of a World Vision delegation in the Holy Land. Twenty women gathered from all corners of the United States to visit people living and working in Israel and the West Bank. Most of the ladies had never been to the region before. Those of us who were returning yearned to understand the issues better.

Together we journeyed throughout the land, seeking perspectives from Israelis and Palestinians. We were also seeking spiritual insights and the wisdom of Jesus that could help us make sense of this tragic conflict.

We met so many amazing people who told the stories of their very different lives. Our days were full of listening, learning, and asking questions. And continually I challenged my companions and myself: ”You hear stories of pain on both sides of this conflict. You see the hardships of life under occupation. But, where do you see Jesus?” Read more

Live Like You Love Jesus

by Elli Atchison, World Vision

Mary Magdalene has always been one of my Bible heroes. I can relate to her. Meeting Jesus changed her life. The Gospel of Luke tells us that she had demons in her past. But Jesus set her free, and she loved Him deeply for it.

Though she is not officially named as one of the twelve disciples, it is believed that she was one of His companions. She traveled with Him and listened to His teachings (Luke 8:2-3). She probably witnessed many of His miracles. She was one of the few friends who stood at the foot of the cross and watched her beloved Savior suffer and die (John 19:25).  And before sunrise, three days later, it was Mary who was the first to return to the tomb alone (John 20:1).

It is obvious that Mary loved Jesus so much that she just wanted to be close to Him, even after His death. When she discovered His body was missing from the tomb she stooped down at the entrance and wept. (John 20:1-11).  Blinded by grief, she did not even recognize the Beloved when He greeted her. But, as you can imagine, when Mary finally realized that Jesus was alive, her joy was too much to contain. I imagine she just wanted to rush into His arms and never let go! Read more

An Elephant Called Peace

by Elli Atchison, World Vision

Happy New Year!  I love the fresh start of a new calendar.  It holds 365 opportunities to pursue self-improvement and life’s ambitions.  There are many things I want to accomplish in 2015. Like many of you, my resolutions include goals for organization and a healthier lifestyle. I want to travel to new places and make some amazing memories with my family. However, my list has one item that might not be on yours. I plan to eat an elephant called peace.

Before you get the wrong idea, please give me the chance to explain. I happen to adore elephants. I have observed them on safari Zimbabwe, and marveled at the truly amazing creation of God that they are. I am not promoting poaching them in the wild.  I am speaking of the old adage “The only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time.”  Of course this wisdom is not in the Bible and did not come from Solomon or Jesus.  But, I think we can still apply it to the Holy Land in 2015. Read more

The Perfect Gift

by Elli Atchison, World Vision

There are so many wonderful things about Christmas. My favorite parts are the beautiful decorations, holiday music, and sharing good cheer with family and friends. However, shopping is the part of Christmas I honestly do not enjoy. Finding the perfect gift is an almost impossible quest that I often dread. It is during these stressful moments that I try to reflect on some of the people who were on God’s list that first Christmas. What were the perfect presents He chose for each of them?

The first person on God’s list was Mary. She was a young girl from a humble family, living in the small town of Nazareth. Mary was, of course, engaged to be married to Joseph and probably dreaming about what life would be like after she became his wife.  So, when a messenger came to Mary unexpectedly and revealed that God wanted to change her plans, I am sure she was frightened and confused. This stranger calmed her fears, and Mary said “Yes” to God’s call. Read more

A Hope that Builds Bridges

by Elli Atchison, World Vision

While the Holy Land was again experiencing acts of violence and terror, a varied group of people gathered in a church in Orlando, Florida.

There were:

  • men and women,
  • people of color and whites,
  • Christians, Muslims, and Jews,
  • Americans, Israelis, and Palestinians,
  • Pastors and an Imam,
  • a CEO and unemployed,
  • children and elderly,
  • people from all walks of life,
  • most of them strangers with only one thing in common

They were all seeking a word of HOPE for a land that is often characterized as hopeless.

This gathering was one of the final stops on a two-week “Hope for the Holy Land” tour that traveled across the United States, discussing what it means to be Pro-Israeli, Pro-Palestinian, Pro-Peace, Pro-Justice, and Pro-Jesus. The diverse group in Orlando all joined together in prayer before listening to the perspectives shared by the three keynote speakers. Read more

A Prayer for Daoud

by Natalie Wisely, World Vision

A month after the destruction at Tent of Nations, we are still in prayer for Daoud. For those not yet familiar with this event, please see our previous post, here.

We are grateful for Jeremy Rodgers, a friend, filmmaker, and advocate for peace, who traveled to the Holy Land and created a short film on the events that occurred. This video allows Daoud an opportunity to share this struggle with his brothers and sisters in Christ.

View the film at:  http://vimeo.com/98071842

Let us continue in prayer for Daoud. That he may have perseverance, hope, and the love that only Christ can give as he continues his ministry and seeks to protect his land.  Let us also pray for all people of the Holy Land, Muslim, Christian, and Jew, that they might enjoy a life free of violence, fear, and want. Read more

A Lenten Prayer of Reflection

by Natalie Wisely, World Vision

During this season of Lent, Christians around the globe are drawn into closer communion with God through worship, prayer, and fasting. During this time of reflection, we pray you are comforted by the knowledge that God is the one who provides peace, who creates beauty from ashes.

In Israel and Palestine, there have been decades of mourning due to the brokenness that comes from neighbors living in conflict and at times, it feels hopeless. But we are convicted that we cannot give up and must continue to work and pray for peace in this land.

Taking this into consideration, we ask that you join us in the prayer below – that there will be peace in the conflicts of the world, peace in the turmoil of our own hearts, and that we will have the courage and conviction to continue on in this effort until it is completed. Read more

Hope for the Holy Land

by Mae Elise Cannon, World Vision

hope-holy-land-video-lgWorld Vision recently completed the Winter 2014 Hope for the Holy Land Tour!

Visiting churches in Illinois, Washington, and Oregon, and in Canada from British Columbia to Manitoba, we’ve been blessed and encouraged by the church’s compassion and enduring desire to see peace and justice in the Holy Land.

We’re also encouraged by the many Christian voices in North American who are speaking out towards this end. These communities have welcomed us with open arms; we want to thank them, and continue to pray for these communities. Read more

Prayer for the Peace Process

by Craig Swandby, World Vision

Though many Israelis, Palestinians, and United States stakeholders have watched U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s shuttle diplomacy with suspicion, I can’t help but acknowledge that his relentless efforts are laudable, and also appropriate. The status quo of violence, instability, and injustice cannot continue. It must end.

In the coming weeks, Kerry will publicly reveal his plan—the framework agreement. Cynicism and skepticism persist, and communities are preparing to defend their interests should the Kerry plan fall short of their expectations.

The stakes are high, and we must go before the Lord in prayer. We pray for lasting peace and justice for our neighbors and fellow Christians and all others in the Holy Land. Read more

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