A Prayer for Peace – written by Rev Arthur Champion:
Dear Lord and Father
In your mercy and for your glory, look with favour on the Earth which you have created over countless millions of years and is now at serious risk of nuclear catastrophe.
By your creative genius this planet is unique and teeming with diverse species of life.
Unlike any other animal, you have granted us humans to be made in your own image with potential for great good as we’ll as great evil.
You have generously granted us free will but sadly we have allowed ourselves to be deceived and have selfishly exploited one another and neglected to properly care for your creation.
We have not loved you with our whole heart and mind and strength but instead have loved ourselves and the work of our hands.
We confess to having trusted too much in science and not enough in Holy Spirit who inspires the Scriptures. And now as East and West are fighting over the Ukraine, we face the prospect of conventional warfare escalating into a nightmare of nuclear annihilation.
Save us dear Lord, for we cannot save ourselves!
Save us Lord, for all our political, military and even church leaders are trapped in godless ideology.
Save us Lord, for we have all sinned and now come to you in humble repentance.
For the sake of your own creation, please send the Holy Spirit to work in the consciences of national leaders.
For the sake of your Church which is set apart as the Bride of Christ, please watch over all those who name Jesus as Lord.
For the sake of your own intention that everyone should have the opportunity to believe in Jesus Christ, please cause the nations to pursue your ways of justice and peace.
We humbly make these requests through faith that Jesus your Son is seated at the right hand of the Father where he constantly intercedes for our well-being.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.