Prayer in Time of War

As we approach Memorial Day this year I have been remembering in my prayers all those with loved ones serving in the Armed Forces. My father is retired from the Army, and I remember well the time he spent away from our family serving with his unit during Operation Desert Storm.

A friend sent me this amazing prayer today and I don’t know the original source, but want to share it with you. What might the Lord’s prayer be like in times of war?

Our Father, who art in heaven, slow to anger, and of great mercy, lover of all the peoples of the earth,

Hallowed be thy Name.

Remind us that “all the nations are as nothing before thee,” their governments but a shadow of passing age;

Thy kingdom come on earth.

Grant to thy children throughout all the world, and especially to the leaders of the nations, the gift of prayerful thought and thoughtful prayer; that following the example of our Lord, we may discern what is right, and do it;

Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.

Help us to protect and to provide for all who are hungry and homeless, especially those who are deprived of food and shelter, family and friends, by the tragedy of war;

Give us this day our day our daily bread.

Forgive us for neglecting to “seek peace and pursue it,” and finding ourselves in each new crisis, more ready to make war than to make peace. “We have not loved thee with our whole heart; we have not loved neighbors as ourselves;”

Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.

Let us not seek revenge, bur reconciliation;

Let us not delight in victory, but in justice;

Let us not give ourselves up to pride, but to prayer;

Lead us not into temptation.

Be present to all thy children ravaged by war:

Be present to those who are killing and to those who are being killed;

Be present to the loved ones of those who are killing and to the loved ones of those who are being killed;

Deliver us from evil.

Subdue our selfish desires to possess and to dominate, and forbid us arrogance in victory;

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

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