Christian Prayers in Times of War

Christian Prayers in Times of War

War Time Prayers

With the Russia-Ukraine war news reaching us via all kinds of media outlets, here is a list of prayers we have gathered for all of us to pray in these war times.

For Departing Troops

All‐powerful and ever‐living God,
when Abraham left his native land and departed from his people
you kept him safe through all his journeys.
Protect these soldiers.
Be their constant companion and their strength in battle,
their refuge in every adversity.
Guide them, O Lord, that they may return home in safety.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Prayer of a Spouse for a Departing Soldier

God of power and might,
at every moment and in every place
you are near to those who call upon your name in faith.
In marriage you have blessed us with a share in your divine love.
Look upon my husband/wife and keep him/her in your safekeeping,
no matter where the road may lead.
And when the battle is ended, bring him/her safely home to those who love him/her.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Prayer of a Son or Daughter for a Departing Parent

Loving God,
you watch over each and every one of your children.
Hear my prayer for my father/mother.
Be his/her constant companion.
Protect him/her no matter where he/she goes,
and bring him/her safely and quickly home to those who love him/her.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Prayer of a Parent for a Departing Soldier

Father all‐powerful and ever‐loving God,
from before we were born, your love has nurtured and sustained us.
Hear my prayer for N., my son/daughter.
Keep him/her safe in time of battle and faithful to you, day in and day out.
Bring him/her safely home to those who love him/her.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Prayer for Those Who Await a Soldier’s Return

God of all goodness,
look with love on those who wait for the safe return of their loved ones
who serve in the armed forces of their country.
In faith and hope, we turn to you for comfort.
Grant that we may trust in your mercy
and send an angel to sustain us as we await their safe return.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

For Government Leaders

God of power and might, wisdom and justice,
through you authority is rightly administered, laws are enacted, and judgment is decreed.
Assist with your spirit of counsel and fortitude
the President and other government leaders of these United States.
May they always seek the ways of righteousness, justice and mercy.
Grant that they may be enabled by your powerful protection
to lead our country with honesty and integrity.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

For the Safety of Soldiers

Almighty and eternal God,
those who take refuge in you will be glad and forever will shout for joy.
Protect these soldiers as they discharge their duties.
Protect them with the shield of your strength and keep them safe from all evil and harm.
May the power of your love enable them to return home in safety, that with all who love them,
they may ever praise you for your loving care.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

For Our Enemies

Jesus, Prince of Peace,
you have asked us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us.
We pray for our enemies and those who oppose us.
With the help of the Holy Spirit, may all people learn to work together
for that justice which brings true and lasting peace.
To you be glory and honor for ever and ever.

For Courage in the Time of Battle

O Prince of Peace, we humbly ask your protection
for all our men and women in uniform in military service.
Give them unflinching courage to defend with honor, dignity and devotion,
the rights of all who are imperiled by injustice and evil.
Be their rock, their shield, and their stronghold and let them draw their strength from you.
For you are God, for ever and ever.

In a Time of Waiting

All powerful and ever‐living God,
guard our churches, our homes, our schools,
our hospitals, our factories, and all the places where we gather.
Deliver us from harm and peril.
Protect our land and its people from enemies within and without.
Grant an early peace with victory founded upon justice.
instill in the hearts and minds of men and women everywhere
a firm purpose to live forever in peace and good will toward all.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

For Deceased Veterans

O God,
by whose mercy the faithful departed find rest,
look kindly on your departed veterans who gave their lives in the service of their country.
grant that through the passion, death, and resurrection of your son
they may share in the joy of your heavenly kingdom and rejoice in you with your saints forever.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

For Families and Friends Left at Home

O God, Protector of all people and nations,
protect my family and friends at home from the violence and evil of others.
Keep them safe from the weapons of hate and destruction
and guard them against the deeds of evildoers.
Grant them your protection and care in tranquility and peace.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.

On the Eve of Battle

God of power and mercy,
maker and love of peace, to know you is to live, and to serve you is to reign.
Through the intercession of St. Michael, the Archangel,
be our protection in battle against all evil.
Help me (us) to overcome war and violence
and to establish your law of love and justice.
Grant this through Christ the Lord.

For Hope in the Midst of Destruction

God of mercy,
you know the secrets of all human hearts,
for you know who is just and you forgive the repentant sinner,
hear my prayer in the midst of destruction; Give me patience and hope,
so that under your protection and with you as my guide,
I may one day be reunited with my family and friends in peace, tranquility, and love.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.

Prayer for Officers in Command

God and Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ,
hear my prayer for these soldiers under my command,
grant that I may bring the spirit of Christ to all my efforts and orders
as I exercise my authority over those entrusted to my care.
Inform my judgment with your Holy Spirit so that I may make decisions
in conformity with your law and for the common good.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.

For Fellow Combatants

Lord God,
remember Christ your Son who is peace itself
and who has washed away our hatred with His blood.
Because you love all men and women, look with mercy on all who are engaged in battle.
Banish the violence and evil within all combatants
so that one day, we may all deserve to be called your sons and daughters.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.

For the Innocent Victims of War

Lord God,
your own Son was delivered into the hands of the wicked, yet he prayed for his persecutors
and overcame hatred with the blood of the Cross.
Relieve the sufferings of the innocent victims of war;
Grant them peace of mind, healing of body, and a renewed faith in your protection and care.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.

Prayer for Refugees and Victims of War

Lord God,
no one is a stranger to you
and no one is ever far from your loving care.
In your kindness, watch over refugees and victims of war,
those separated from their loved ones, young people who are lost,
and those who have left home or who have run away from home.
Bring them back safely to the place where they long to be
and help us always to show your kindness to strangers and to all in need.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.

Also read The Warrior’s Prayer

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