Prayers for Peace

The Interfaith Pray for Peace Circle provides booklets and binders to participants from which to select from prayers, songs, and chants for peace, from various traditions that may resonate. Or, folks are welcome to bring your own offerings.

Here are some examples of prayers for peace from a variety of spiritual traditions:

Multi-Faith Prayers for Peace:
From Institute for Peace & Justice
From SouledOut.org

Taoist:

If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.

If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.

If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbors.

If there is to be peace between neighbors,
There must be peace in the home.

If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart.
—Lao Tzu

Sufi:

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 my all unite in one family.

—Hazrat Inayat Khan

Baha’i:

O my God! O my God! Unite the hearts of Thy servants, and reveal to them Thy great purpose. May they follow Thy commandments and abide in Thy law. Help them, O God, in their endeavor, and grant them strength to serve Thee. O God! Leave them not to themselves, but guide their steps by the light of Thy knowledge, and cheer their hearts by Thy love. Verily, Thou art their Helper and their Lord.
—Bahá’u’lláh