Day Seventeen: The Power of Prayer

Day Seventeen: The Power of Prayer

21-Day Intentional Social Media Challenge

inspired by my mother and her complete faith in the power of prayer

They say prayer can move mountains, heal the sick, bring calm during the storm. When was the last time you prayed? I don’t think I’ve prayed in a while. I meditate, but I don’t recite formal prayers. If you can count a stream of conscious/thought process said aloud to the Divine, then I prayed this afternoon, I suppose.

There’s something magical about a formal prayer. Maybe it’s the idea of a group of people bringing the energy together to create something good. Maybe it’s the often poetic nature of prayer. I mean it just sounds really good, so God/Divine must hear it, right?

Many times we use prayer when we are in conflict or we need something. However, I can think of no greater use for prayer than to promote peace in the world. I ask that you say a prayer for world peace today.

To make it super easy, I’ve included a diverse selection of peace prayers from many different religions. They are all beautiful. I urge you to take the time to read each and every one. I think you'll find that the world's religions aren't so different after all.

Find the prayer that resonates with you and say it now, out loud, to whomever or whatever you believe in. Perhaps, we can shift our corners of the world into a more peaceful state.

I know I'm missing some religions and some beautiful prayers. I'd love if you would put your favorite prayer for peace in the comments below. Together we can make this happen.


Peace 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.
Amen.


Buddhist Prayers of Peace

“Let us be at peace with our bodies and our minds.
Let us return to ourselves and become wholly ourselves.
Let us be aware of the source of being,
common to us all and to all living things.
Evoking the presence of the Great Compassion,
let us fill our hearts with our own compassion —
towards ourselves and towards all living beings.
Let us pray that we ourselves cease to be
the cause of suffering to each other.
With humility, with awareness of the existence of life,
and of the suffering that is going on around us,
let us practice the establishment of peace
in our hearts and on the earth.”
Thich Nhat Hanh.

May all beings everywhere plagued with sufferings of body and mind quickly be freed from their illnesses.
May those frightened cease to be afraid, and may those bound be free.
May the powerless find power, and may people think of befriending one another.
May those who find themselves in trackless, fearful wildernesses-the children, the aged, the unprotected-be guarded by beneficent celestials, and may they swiftly attain Buddhahood.
~Buddhist Prayer

 


Sufi Prayer for Peace


Send Thy peace, O Lord, which is perfect and everlasting,
that our souls may radiate peace.
Send Thy peace, O Lord, that we may think, act,
and speak harmoniously.
Send Thy peace, O Lord, that we may be contented
and thankful for Thy bountiful gifts.
Send Thy peace, O Lord, that amidst our worldly strife
we may enjoy thy bliss.
Send Thy peace, O Lord, that we may endure all,
tolerate all in the thought of thy grace and mercy.
Send Thy peace, O Lord, that our lives may become a
divine vision, and in Thy light all darkness may vanish.
Send Thy peace, O Lord, our Father and Mother, that we
Thy children on earth may all unite in one family


Muslim Prayer for Peace
 
In the name of Allah,
the beneficent, the merciful.
Praise be to the Lord of the
Universe who has created us and
made us into tribes and nations,
That we may know each other, not that
we may despise each other.
If the enemy incline towards peace, do
thou also incline towards peace, and
trust God, for the Lord is the one that
heareth and knoweth all things.
And the servants of God,
Most Gracious are those who walk on
the Earth in humility, and when we
address them, we say “PEACE."


The Hindu Prayer for Peace

Oh God, lead us from the unreal to the Real. Oh God, lead us from darkness to light. Oh God, lead us from death to immortality. Shanti, Shanti, Shanti unto all. Oh Lord God almighty, may there be peace in celestial regions. May there be peace on earth. May the waters be appeasing. May herbs be wholesome, and may trees and plants bring peace to all. May all beneficent beings bring peace to us. May thy Vedic Law propagate peace all through the world. May all things be a source of peace to us. And may thy peace itself, bestow peace on all, and may that peace come to me also.


CHEYENNE PRAYER FOR PEACE
Let us know peace.
For as long as the moon shall rise,
For as long as the rivers shall flow,
For as long as the sun shall shine,
For as long as the grass shall grow,
Let us know peace.
 


OCEAN OF DARKNESS
If we hope to overcome the ocean of darkness in the world, we must first light a candle in our own hearts.
Committing oneself to the path of love can be the most revolutionary way to change. Make the most of your time every day of your life.
As living human beings we are impermanent, but we are surely not insignificant, Everything we do matters".
Amen.
Robert Lawrence Smith. - A Quaker book of Wisdom