Prayer for Peace
By Stephen W. Hiemstra
Grant us shalom, your peace, which is more than just the absence of war.
Save us from ourselves, from greed, from selfishness, from hardened hearts and stopped ears.
May we never pray for peace, but harbor war in our hearts.
May we never pray for peace only when we have gotten our way.
Teach us how to be ashamed; may we learn again to blush.
May your ways again be our guide and your truths a joy to our hearts.
Teach us to order our lives by your word.
May we listen to your watchman and not ignore the trumpet.
Remove your stumbling block from our feet, the blind from our eyes, that we may no longer sin and perish.
Forgive the sins of our fathers and our temptation to repeat them,
That the day of judgment would not be today. (Jer 6:13-23)
In the power of your Holy Spirit, enter our hearts and cleanse them,
that we might be saved through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
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