Praying to be a peacemaker
Oh, Lord, the Prince of Peace,
Instead of praying against stress--
instead of praying for a calm, peaceful life--
Lord, make me a peacemaker.
I crave peace, but I don't often make peace.
I find the problems,
I criticize the results,
I blame the victimizers.
But I don't try to make peace,
I don't wish blessings on those who oppose or hurt me.
I don't cultivate kindness, grace, and generosity
in unjust situations.
I don't forgive enough.
I accuse too often.
I excuse my own sins.
I cover up what's bad in my and expose what's bad in others.
That's not peacemaking.
Lord, I want to see you work in my life.
I want to know you and become like you.
So that means I MUST become a peacemaker.
Lord, help me see people how you see them.
Help me give up for the greater good.
Help me to live for eternity,
to sacrifice for the gospel,
to protect the church,
to love the world,
to pray for my family.
Help me to work for solutions
rather than fight over problems.
I confess my pride,
my need to be right,
and my stubbornness to win at things that don't matter for eternity.
Forgive me, Lord.
I am your daughter.
I want to be an accurate representation of your peacemaking nature.
Thank you for the change you'll work in me!
In Jesus' name,
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God." (Matthew 5:9)