A Collection of Prayers for Syria

The situation in Syria is difficult and complex. It’s hard to know what to think about the conflict, and also how to know what to pray. To help guide your thoughts and prayers, we’ve posted the prayers below.

A Prayer for Syria
God of justice, God of peace,
we find ourselves at your mercy seat again;
pleading for a nation we don’t really know
and interceding for a situation we don’t really understand.
Some call it civil war,
some deny it
but we, who have no definition for it
are frightened it will have no end.
And you, who see so much more than
cameras and headlines:
how much more will you allow?
Please reveal your perfect plan for Syria;
deliver her from her conflict
re-establish justice and peace
and protect her people.
Give us, like you, a burning fire
that will not leave our hearts
until our prayers are answered
and Syria’s conflict becomes history.

~ from The Sanctuary: Where World and Worship Meet

Children’s Prayer for Syria
Dear God,
We pray for the children of Syria
who live in fear because of the fighting.
We pray for the families
who have had to leave their homes in order to be safe.
We pray for the boys and girls who go to bed hungry at night
because they do not have enough food.
Help us to share what we have,
so they and their parents can have food to eat,
and can know that people all around the world care about them. Amen.

~ Christine Longhurst, for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank

Prayer for Peace in Syria
God of Compassion,
Hear the cries of the people of Syria,
Bring healing to those suffering from the violence,
Bring comfort to those mourning the dead,
Strengthen Syria’s neighbors
in their care and welcome for refugees,
Convert the hearts of those who have taken up arms,
And protect those committed to peace.

God of Hope,
Inspire leaders to choose peace over violence
and to seek reconciliation with enemies,
Inspire the Church around the world
with compassion for the people of Syria,
And give us hope for a future of peace built on justice for all.
We ask this through Jesus Christ,
Prince of Peace and Light of the World, Amen.

~ from Catholics Confront Global Poverty, a collaborative effort of USCCB and Catholic Relief Services.

A Prayer for Reconciliation in Syria
God of history,
Witness of the struggles within families;
we pray for the divided family of Syria
as brother fights against brother,
and sister rejects sister.
We pray for those whose love of neighbour
has been destroyed in the bitterness of enmity.
May fear be submerged in compassion.
May distrust be diluted by hope,
as a vision of peace illuminates
darkened minds and hate-filled hearts.
We pray in the name of Christ,
our source of light and love. Amen.

~ posted on the Church of England website. Used with permission.

A Prayer for Peace in Syria
Spirit of wisdom and grace,
the power of truth and judgement;
we pray for all who are working for peace
in the tangled conflict of Syria today.
For international leaders holding a thread of control,
for the politicians holding a thread of power,
for the religious leaders holding a thread of authority,
for the fighters holding a thread of influence,
And the citizens clinging to a thread of hope.
Bring unity through the untangled order of justice.
Bring reconciliation through truthful dialogue.
Bring new life through patient diplomacy,
determined mediation and courageous peace-making.
We pray in the name of Christ,
our source of inspiration and confidence. Amen.

~ posted on the Church of England website. Used with permission.

A Prayer for the People of Syria
Almighty and all powerful God,
creator of the world and the nations
We bring before you all those caught up in the conflict in Syria.

We pray for an immediate ceasefire,
for an end to violence against all civilians.
Give humanitarian organisations the space
to assess the needs of those living in poverty and insecurity.

We pray for those who are experiencing the pain of personal loss,
for families who are mourning the loss of loved ones
Comfort especially those who have friends and family members missing.

We pray for those caught up in the cycle of violence and bloodshed:
give them a just peace.

We pray for those forced to flee their homes:
keep them safe on their travels and arrival in foreign lands.

We pray for those in positions of power
who have the means to make a difference:

Guide the United Nations,
and governments whose intervention might bring about peace.

We pray for the future of all countries
where people have been willing to challenge unfair and unjust governments
We ask that the outcome will be a better future for all,
and that the poor and marginalised will experience new lives of dignity and hope.

And we pray for ourselves, that we will not ignore their pleas for help,
and that we may play our part in bringing about the change that they want to see.

~ from the Christian Aid website.

A Prayer for the Victims of the Syrian Conflict
We pray for those damaged by the fighting in Syria.
To the wounded and injured:
Come Lord Jesus.
To the terrified who are living in shock:
Come Lord Jesus
To the hungry and homeless, refugee and exile:
Come Lord Jesus
To those bringing humanitarian aid:
Give protection Lord Jesus
To those administering medical assistance:
Give protection Lord Jesus.
To those offering counsel and care:
Give protection Lord Jesus.
For all making the sacrifice of love:
Give the strength of your Spirit
and the joy of your comfort.
In the hope of Christ we pray. Amen.

~ posted on the Church of England website. Used with permission.

Click here for more prayers on the theme of conflict in our Worship Resources section.