Prayer

“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.

The Christian CND AGM and Conference takes place on Saturday 25 November. Please pray that as we gather it would be a chance to meet new people, to share ideas and to work together in the spirit of unity. Pray that we would put Jesus at the centre of all we do.

Vatican Conference on Nuclear Disarmament
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since the members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” John 16:33
A major conference is taking place in the Vatican to discuss nuclear disarmament after the UN Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty.
Thank God that Christians are engaging in efforts for nuclear disarmament.
Thank God that the church is uniting in this conference.
Pray that the conference will result in further actions by the church.
Pray that God will speak to those attending and guide their actions.
Pray that the conference will lead to further awareness of the Ban Treaty.
Why not join Christian CND and Pax Christi in fasting during the conference.

Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty
“Petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people, for kings and all those in authority” 1 Timothy 2:1-2
ICAN has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their work on the Ban Treaty, which has already been signed by more than 50 states.
Thank God for ICAN winning the Nobel Peace Prize.
Thank God for the increased awareness of the Ban Treaty as a result.
Pray that more states will sign up to the Treaty.
Pray that there would be issues with ratification in these states.
Thank God for the churches in the UK supporting the Treaty.
Pray that the UK government position would change.
Pray for those campaigning on this important issue around the world.

Korean Peninsula
“The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord is enthroned as King forever. The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.” Psalm 29:10-11
Tensions continue to rise on the Korean Peninsula with many leaders making statements which appear to make a peaceful solution more difficult.
Pray for Donald Trump on his visit to Asia, that he would work for peace.
Pray for our political leaders to have wisdom to seek peace.
Pray for those in the region, living under the threat of war.
Pray for Christians in North Korea, that they would be strengthened at this time.

Campaigning in the UK
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
Many people continue to campaign against the replacement of Trident and on a range of other issues across the UK.
Pray for those campaigning against the replacement of Trident.
Pray for MPs working for nuclear disarmament in Parliament.
Pray for our politicians as they gather for party conferences.
Pray for those arrested during the campaign against the Arms Fair in London.

Please also keep the Christian CND staff team and Executive in your prayers.

Please also prayer for the following events this month

6 November: Manchester public meeting on the situation in North Korea
11 November: Various services of remembrance around the country
12 November: Annual Remembrance Day Lecture in London
19 November: Oxford CND meeting on Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty


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.
Amen.

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.

Isaiah

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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