In light of recent atrocities, let us call on the name of the Lord Almighty. Use these seven prayer points and Scriptures on your own, in your household, and/or small group:
1. Pray for Peace and Protection (Psalm 91:1-2)
Pray for the people of Israel and Gaza, that God will grant them His divine protection and bring peace to this troubled region. Shield them with your wings, O Lord, and keep them safe in your refuge. Comfort those who have lost loved ones.
2. Prayer for the Hostages (Psalm 34:17)
Lord, we lift up the hostages, including women and children, being held in Gaza. We ask for their safe release and that you comfort them in their distress.
3. Prayer for Leaders’ Wisdom (James 1:5)
Heavenly Father, grant wisdom and discernment to all leaders involved in making decisions during this challenging time. May they seek your guidance in every step.
4. Prayer for Civilians in Gaza (Psalm 46:1)
We pray for the innocent civilians in Gaza who are suffering. Have mercy on them and provide for their needs.
5. Prayer for an End to Violence (Matthew 5:9)
Prince of Peace, we cry out for an end to the violence and bloodshed. Bring about reconciliation and understanding among conflicting peoples. May your peace prevail.
6. Prayer for International Leaders (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
We pray for world leaders, including President Joe Biden and leaders in the Middle East. May they work towards a peaceful resolution and support efforts to bring an end to this conflict.
7. Prayer for Healing and Unity (2 Chronicles 7:14)
Heavenly Father, we humble ourselves and seek your face. Heal the land, bring unity among people, and let your love shine through even in the darkest of times. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
Eternal God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but the strength of love: Strengthen and protect those affected by the Israel-Hamas war, and so mightily spread abroad your Spirit, that all peoples may be gathered under the banner of the Prince of Peace; to whom be dominion and glory, now and for ever. Amen.
– Adapted from the collect for the Peace of the World, Book of Common Prayer