Prayers for peace

Hindu prayer for peace

O God, lead us from the unreal to the real,

O God, lead us from darkness to light,

O God, lead us from death to immortality,

Shanti, Shanti, Shanti to all.


O Lord God Almighty, may there be peace in celestial regions,

may there be peace on earth,

may all beneficent beings bring peace to us,

may thy Vedic Law propagate peace throughout the world,

may all things be a source of peace to us,

and may thy peace itself, bestow peace on all,

and may that peace come to me also.


Sikh prayer for peace

God adjudges us according to our deeds, not the coat that we wear;

that truth is above everything, but higher still is truthful living.

that truth is above everything, but higher still is truthful living.

Know that we attain God when we love,

and only that victory endures

in consequence of which no one is defeated.


Bahai prayer for peace

Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity.

Be fair in thy judgement, and guarded in thy speech.

Be a lamp to those who walk in darkness, and a home to the stranger.

Be a light to the blind, and a guiding light to the feet of the erring.

Be a breath of life to the body of humankind,

a dew to the soil of the human heart,

and a fruit upon the tree of humility.


Buddhist prayer for peace

May all beings everywhere plagued with sufferings of body and mind

quickly be free from their illnesses.

May those frightened cease to be afraid, and may those bound be free.

May the powerless find power, and 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 celestials, and may they swiftly attain Buddhahood.


Jewish prayer for peace

Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,

that we may walk the paths of the Most High.

And we shall beat our swords into ploughshares and our spears into pruning-hooks,

nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

And none shall be afraid, for the mouth of the Lord of Hosts has spoken.


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 incline towards peace;

and trust God, for the Lord is the one that knows and hears 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’.


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 for them again.

As you wish that others would do to you, so do to them.


Lord Jesus, our friend and brother,

you gave peace as your gift to all your disciples.

May we show that peace in the way we live with others,

that the world may see your compassion and forgiveness. Amen.