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.

Merciful Lord,
Grant our leaders in government peace and rest as they navigate these troubled waters.
Grant them wisdom, determination, and courage, that they may pursue a plan that is just and considers the fears, hopes, and aspirations of all people in the Holy Land
We ask for peace, justice, security, and dignity in the Holy Land.

Eternal God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawn
but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but the
strength of love: So mightily spread abroad your Spirit, that
all peoples may be gathered under the banner of the Prince of Peace, as children of one Father; to whom be dominion and glory, now and for ever.
Amen.

Book of Common Prayer, Prayers for the World, for Peace