Lord God of hosts, who breaks the bow and shatters the spear,
We pray for nations which are threatened from outside, living in fear of those who seek the power or the excuse to attack.
We pray for nations which are being devastated from within, torn apart by civil war, whose people have lost homes and families, whose children are left without food or drink or peace.
We pray for the nations with power to cause or prevent war; for the leaders who declare their enemies to be ‘evil’ and themselves to be ‘good’; for those who seek knee-jerk military solutions to social and relational problems.
Lord God of hosts, who breaks the bow and shatters the spear –
May those living in the shadow of fear receive true hope.
May those driven by hatred, suspicion or greed encounter living faith.
May those obsessed with protecting their own interests experience sheer grace.
May your people be active peace-makers, locally, socially, politically, globally.
Lord God of hosts, be exalted among the nations.
Be exalted in the earth.