“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God”
(Matthew 5:9).

Alongside campaigning for a world free of nuclear weapons, Christian CND is committed to praying for a world of peace. Jesus often spoke of peace during his ministry and throughout the Bible Christians are encouraged to bring their prayers before God. Below you can find some suggested topics for prayer in November.

As we enter 2018 the world continues to be a dangerous place. Despite the United Nations agreeing the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty we are closer to nuclear war than we have been for decades. Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un continue to exchange verbal barbs threating the safety and security of millions.

Please join Christian CND in praying this month as we intercede for issues here and around the world. We believe God has the power to move in all these situations and that prayer goes hand in hand with our campaigning efforts. There are many things to be thankful for as well as issues we want to bring before God.

Things to thank God for:

  • A well attended meeting hosted by Bishop Stephen Cottrell at the Church of England General Synod
  • Ash Wednesday Witness at the Ministry of Defence
  • Kazakhstan becoming the 57th nation to sign the Nuclear Ban Treaty
  • The 60th anniversary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
  • The peaceful passing of the Winter Olympics and continued calming of the situation on the Korean Peninsula

    Things to pray for this month

    Christian CND Embassies Walk
    For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:26
    The Christian CND annual Embassies Walk is taking place on Tuesday 20 March, we will be visiting a number of diplomatic missions to discuss the Ban Treaty and other developments in nuclear disarmament.

  • Thank God that we are able top visit diplomatic missions in this way
  • Pray that we would have a good turnout on the day and many fruitful discussions
  • Pray that relationships will be built which can be build on at a later date
  • Pray that the event would be inspiration to others campaigning on this issue

    Church of England General Synod

    He came and proclaimed peace for you who were far away and for you who were near – Ephesians 2:17
    Following a well-attended meeting at the General Synod in February, including Justin Welby, there is a real prospect for discussion of the Nuclear Ban Treaty within the Church of England in the coming months.
  • Thank God for Bishop Stephen Cottrell and others who attended the recent meeting
  • Thank God for the Church of England members working on this issues
  • Pray that the topic of nuclear weapons and disarmament would be on the agenda for the next General Synod
  • Pray that the Church of England would take a position in support of the Ban Treaty
  • Pray that awareness of the Ban Treaty in the Church of England will continue to increase

    Global nuclear weapons situation
    He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore – Isaiah 2:4
    As tensions on the Korean Peninsula appear to be calming, there have been alarming reports about the prospect of a new arms race between Russia and the United States.

  • Thank God for the peaceful passing of the Winter Olympics and the apparent improvement in relations on the Korean Peninsula
  • Pray that the increasing tensions between Russia and the United States will ease
  • Pray that leaders would seek a path of peace and cooperation rather than pursuing bigger and more powerful weapons
  • Pray for everyone working around the world for peace and nuclear disarmament

    Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty
    For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future – Jeremiah 29:11
    States are continuing to sign up to the Ban Treaty and ratifications are progressing in many states. There was also a debate in the House of Lords last month which saw a number of peers call on the Government to engage in the process.

  • Thank God that Kazakhstan has signed the Nuclear Ban Treaty
  • Thank God for ICAN and the work they are doing around the world
  • Pray that more states would sign the Treaty this month
  • Pray that more ratifications would be announced this month

    The remainder of Lent and Easter
    “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” Luke 24:5-7
    With Lent continuing and Easter Sunday at the start of April, the minds of many Christians will be turning towards the good news of the resurrection and Jesus defeating death and sin for all time. This is a great time to pause and reflect on His message of peace and unity.

  • Thank God for the chance to witness outside the Ministry of Defence
  • Pray that throughout Lent and Easter celebrations Christians around the world would work for peace and unity

Please keep the CCND staff team and Executive Committee in your prayers.

Also please pray for the following events:

10 March: Warwick Peace Conference
7, 12 & 21 March: Lenten vigils in Birmingham challenge support for the arms trade @ HSBC Bank. Organised by Midlands Christian Action.
20 March: Christian CND Embassies Walk

An Interfaith Prayer for Peace

O God, you are the source of life and peace.
Praised be your name forever.
We know it is you who turn our minds to thoughts of peace.
Hear our prayer in this time of crisis.
Your power changes hearts Muslims, Christians and Jews remember, and profoundly affirm, That they are followers of the one God, Children of Abraham, brothers and sisters; Enemies begin to speak to one another; those who were estranged join hands in friendship; nations seek the way of peace together.
Strengthen our resolve to give witness to these truths by the way we live. Give to us: Understanding that puts an end to strife; Mercy that quenches hatred, and Forgiveness that overcomes vengeance.
Empower all people to live in your law of love.

Prayer of St Francis

Lord, Make me an instrument of your Peace
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek To be consoled as to console; To be understood, as to understand; To be loved, as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, It is in pardoning that we are pardoned And it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.

Universal Prayer of Peace

Lead us from Death to Life
From Falsehood to Truth
From Fear to Trust.
Lead us from hate to love
Lead us from War to Peace
Let Peace fill our hearts, our world, our universe.
Peace, Peace, Peace.

Prayer for Peace and Forgiveness

We confess that in our lives we do not Always choose the way of peace.
We spread gossip which fans the flame of hatred.
We are ready to make any sacrifices when Caesar demands – but few when God invites.
We worship the false god of security and nationalism
We hold out our hand in friendship – But keep a weapon in the other behind our back We have divided your body of people Into those we trust and those we do not.
Huge problems challenge us in the world – But our greed, fear and selfishness prevent us from uniting to solve them Lord, we pray for your help, Your forgiveness and your Reconciling power in our lives.


Come let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, that we may walk the paths of the Most High.
And we shall beat our swords into ploughshares and our spears into pruning hooks.
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation – neither shall they learn war any more.
And none shall be afraid, for the mouth of the Lord of Hosts has spoken.
O God of many names Lover of all nations We pray for peace in our hearts in our homes in our nations in our world The peace of your will The peace of our need.

George Appleton, The Oxford Book of Prayer (Oxford University Press, 1985)

O Lord, our hearts are heavy with the sufferings of the ages, with the crusades and the holocausts of a thousand thousand years.
The blood of the victims is still warm, The cries of anguish still fill the night.
To you we uplift our outspread hands.
We thirst for you in a thirsty land. O Lord, who loves us as a father, who cares for us as a mother, who came to share our life as a brother, we confess before you our failure to live as your children, brothers and sisters bound together in love.
To you we lift our outspread hands.
We thirst for you in a thirsty land.
We have squandered the gift of life, The good life of some is built on the pain of many; the pleasure of a few on the agony of millions.
To you we lift our outstretched hands.
We thirst for you in a thirsty land.
We worship death in our quest to possess ever more things; we worship death in our hankering after our own security,our own survival, our own peace, as if life were divisible, as if life were divisible, as if Christ had not died for all of us.
To you we lift our outstretched hands.
We thirst for you in a thirsty land.
O Lord, forgive our life-denying pursuit of life,and teach us anew what it means to be your children.
To you we lift our outstretched hands.
We are thirsty in a thirsty land.

The following prayer authored by Christian, Jewish and Muslim clergy was used in many places in inter-religious worships around the time of the Gulf War in 1991:

Eternal God, Creator of the universe, there is no God but You.
Great and wonderful are Your works, wondrous are your ways.
Thank You for the many splendoured variety of Your creation.
Thank You for the many ways we affirm Your presence and purpose, and the freedom to do so.
Forgive our violation of Your creation.
Forgive our violence toward each other.
We stand in awe and gratitude for Your persistent love for each and all of Your children: Christian, Jew, Muslim, as well as those with other faiths.
Grant to all and our leaders attributes of the strong; mutual respect in words and deed, restraint in the exercise of power, and the will for peace with justice, for all.
Eternal God, Creator of the universe, there is no God but You.
Amen. (Excerpted from Current Dialogue 24/93, p.36)

Celtic Benediction

Deep peace of the Running wave to you,
Deep peace of the Flowing air to you,
Deep peace of the Quiet earth to you,
Deep peace of the Shining stars to you,
Deep peace of the Son of peace to you.

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