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Prayers for military forces

Father, we pray for all young military personnel May fear and confusion not lead them to cruelty. May they show compassion wherever possible. Enable them to fulfil their duty dispassionately, that their souls may not be scarred by the passions let loose in violence. And we pray for all leaders who are responsible for war, that they may find peaceful ways of solving their countries' problems, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Patricia Mitchell, adapted

Merciful and loving God: we know that your desire is for all your children to live in peace. We pray for those who are now in danger as they defend the cause of justice. Watch over them and keep them in your mercy and your care. Support and comfort those who are filled with anxious thoughts for their loved ones. Bless those parents and children, those husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, all loved ones, who are now divided in time of war. Restore to us the joy of your salvation and uphold us with your blessed spirit of peace. This we pray in the name of the Prince of Peace Jesus Christ our Lord.

United Methodist Church