Prayers for Peace

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1. Native American Prayer for Peace<br />O Great Spirit of our Ancestors, <br />I raise my pipe to you.<br />To your messengers the four winds, <br…
  • 1. Native American Prayer for Peace<br />O Great Spirit of our Ancestors, <br />I raise my pipe to you.<br />To your messengers the four winds, <br />And to Mother Earth who provides for your children.<br />Give us the wisdom to teach our children<br />to love, to respect, and to be kind to each<br />other so that they may grow<br />with peace in mind.<br />Let us learn to share all good things that<br />you provide for us on this Earth.<br />
  • 2. Buddhist Prayer for Peace<br />May all beings everywhere plagued<br />with sufferings of body and mind<br />quickly be freed from their illnesses.<br />May those frightened cease to be afraid,<br />and may those bound be free.<br />May the powerless find power,<br />and may people think of befriending one another.<br />May those who find themselves in trackless, fearful wilderness—<br />the children, the aged, the unprotected—<br />be guarded by beneficent celestials,<br />and may they swiftly attain Buddhahood.<br />
  • 3. Traditional African Prayer for Peace<br />Almighty God, the Great Thumb <br />we cannot evade to tie any knot;<br />the Roaring Thunder that splits mighty trees:<br />the all-seeing Lord up on high who sees<br />even the footprints of an antelope <br />on a rock mass here on Earth.<br />You are the one who does not hesitate <br />to respond to our call.<br />You are the cornerstone of peace.<br />
  • 4. Hindu Prayer for Peace<br />Oh God, lead us from the unreal to the Real.<br />Oh God, lead us from darkness to light.<br />Oh God, lead us from death to immortality.<br />Shanti, Shanti, Shanti unto all.<br />Oh Lord God almighty, may there be peace <br />In celestial regions.<br />May there be peace on earth.<br />May the waters be appeasing.<br />May herbs be wholesome, and may trees and plants <br />bring peace to all. <br />May all beneficent beings bring peace to us.<br />May thy Vedic Law propagate peace <br />All through the world.<br />May all things be a source of peace to us.<br />And may thy peace itself, bestow peace on all,<br />and may that peace come to me also.<br />
  • 5. Jewish Prayer for Peace<br />Come let us go up the mountain of the Lord, <br />that we may walk the paths of the Most High.<br />And we shall beat our swords into ploughshares,<br />and our spears into pruning hooks.<br />Nation shall not lift up sword against nation—<br />neither shall they learn war any more.<br />And none shall be afraid, <br />for the mouth of the Lord of Hosts has spoken.<br />
  • 6. Muslim Prayer for Peace<br />In the name of Allah,<br />the beneficent, the merciful.<br />Praise be to the Lord of the<br />Universe who has created us and<br />made us into tribes and nations,<br />That we may know each other, <br />not that we may despise each other.<br />If the enemy incline towards peace, do<br />thou also incline towards peace, and<br />trust God, for the Lord is the one <br />that heareth and knoweth all things.<br />And the servants of God,<br />Most Gracious are those who walk <br />On the Earth in humility, <br />and when we address them, <br />we say "PEACE.”<br />
  • 7. Christian Prayer for Peace<br />Blessed are the peacemakers,<br />for they shall be known as the Children of God.<br />But I say to you that hear, love your enemies,<br />do good to those who hate you,<br />bless those who curse you,<br />pray for those who abuse you.<br />To those who strike you on the cheek,<br />offer the other also,<br />and from those who take away your cloak,<br />do not withhold your coat as well.<br />Give to everyone who begs from you,<br />and of those who take away your goods,<br />do not ask them again.<br />And as you wish that others would do to you,<br />so do to them.<br />
  • 8. Shinto Prayer for Peace<br />Although the people living across the ocean<br />surrounding us, I believe,<br />are all our brothers and sisters,<br />why are there constant troubles in this world?<br />Why do winds and waves rise in the<br />ocean surrounding us?<br />I only earnestly wish that the wind will<br />soon puff away all the clouds which are<br />hanging over the tops of the mountains.<br /> <br />
  • 9. Sikh Prayer for Peace<br />God adjudges us according to our deeds,<br />not the coat that we wear:<br />that truth is above everything,<br />but higher still is truthful living.<br />Know that we attaineth God when we loveth,<br />and only that victory endures in consequences of which <br />no one is defeated.<br />
  • 10. Compiled by the Universal Peace Federation<br /><br />
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