In all cultures and religions I have found beautiful prayers for Peace. On this page I have collected some of them to show that there are more similarities than differences.  The way of expression may vary, and text in original language may be lost in translation, but the message is still the same.

 

Native American Prayer for Peace

 

O Great Spirit of our Ancestors,

 

I raise my pipe to you.

To your messengers the four winds,

and to Mother Earth who provides for your children.

 

Give us the wisdom to teach our children

to love, to respect, and to be kind to each other

so that we may grow with peace in mind.

 

Let us learn to share all good things that

you provide for us on this Earth.

 

Christian Prayer for Peace

 

Blessed are the Peacemakers,

for they shall be known as

the children of God

 

But I say to you that hear:

Love your enemies,

do good to those who hate you,

bless those who curse you,

pray for those who abuse you.

To those who strike you on the cheek,

offer the other also,

and from those who take away your cloak,

do not withhold your coat as well.

 

Give to everyone who begs from you,

and of those who take away your goods,

do not ask them again.

 

And as you wish that others would do to you,

so do to them.

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We are invited to pray for peace every day at noon, use the link above to read the prayer in moore than 40 languages.

 

Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi

 

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love.

Where there is injury, pardon.

Where there is doubt, fait.

Where there is despair, hope.

Where there is darkness, light.

Where there is sadness, joy.

 

O Divine Master.

Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console,

to be understood, as to understand,

to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we recieve.

It is in pardonning that we are pardonned,

and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.

 

Amen.

 

Christian prayer (Isaiah 2:4)

 

He shall judge between nations,

and shall decide for many peoples,

 

and they shall beat their swords into plowshares

and their spears into pruning hooks,

 

nation shall not lift up sword against nation,

neither shall they learn any moore.

 

Muslim Prayer for Peace

 

In the name of Allah,

the beneficent, the merciful.

 

Praise be to the Lord of the Universe

who has created us and made us into tribes and nations.

 

That we may know each other, not that we may despise each other.

 

If the enemy incline towards peace, do thou also incline towards peace,

and trust God, for the Lord is the one that heareth and knoweth all things.

 

And the servants of God,

Most Gracious are those who walk on the Earth in humility,

and when we address them,

we say

"PEACE"

 

Jewish Prayer

 

May we see the day when war and bloodshed cease

when a great peace will embrace the whole world.

 

Then nation shall not threaten nation

and humankind will not again know war.

 

for all who live on earth shall realize

we have not come into being to hate or destroy

 

We have come into being

to praise, to labour and to love.

 

compassionate God, bless all the leaders of all nations

with the power of compassion.

 

fullfill the promise conveyed in Scripture:

 

"I will bring peace to the land,

and you shall lie down and no one shall terrify you.

I will rid the land of vicious beasts

and it shall not be ravaged by war"

 

Let love and justice flow like mighty stream.

 

Let peace fill the Earth as the waters fill the sea.

 

and let us say:

Amen

 

Hindu Prayer for Peace

 

Oh God, lead us from the unreal to the real.

 

Oh God, lead us from darkness to light.

 

Oh God, lead us from death to immortality.

 

Shanti, Shanti, Shanti unto all.

 

Oh Lord God almighty, may there be peace in celestial regions.

 

May there be peace on Earth.

 

May the waters be appeasing.

 

May herbs be wholesome, and may trees and plants bring peace to all.

 

May all beneficent beings bring peace to us.

 

May the Vedic Law propagate peace all through the world.

 

May all things be a source of peace to us.

 

And may the peace itself, bestow peace on all,

and may the peace come to me also.

 

Buddist Prayer for Peace

 

May all beings everywhere plagued with sufferings of body and mind

quickly be freed from their ilness.

 

May those frightened cease to be afraid,

and may those bound be free.

 

May the powerless find power,

and may people think of befriending one another.

 

May those who find themselves in trackless fearful wilderness,

the children, the aged, the unprotected

be guarded by beneficent celestrials

and may they swiftly find Buddahood.

 

Native African Prayer for Peace

 

Almighty God, the Great

 

Thumb we cannot evade to

tie any knot

the roaring thunder that splits mighty trees

the all-seeing Lord up on high

who sees even the footprints of an antelope on a rockmass here on Earth.

 

You are the one who does not hesitate to respond to our call.

 

You are the cornerstone of peace.

 

Fill your heart, body and mind with love and peace

and the world around you mirrors your feelings.

 

Namasté

Berit