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From the way the media shows our lives, it would be easy to think that it's unusual to have a faith. Yet the lives of millions of people all over the world are shaped by their faith.

The Interfaith Network for the UK was founded in 1987 to promote good relationships between the faith communities, and so to encourage us to understand each other better. From 15th - 21st November 2009 the Interfaith Network is holding the UK's first Interfaith Week.

One of the things people value the most about i-church is being able to post a prayer request. Members of different faith groups agree that prayer is important. Even people who are not sure what they believe in will often turn to prayer at key moments in their life.

As i-church's contribution to Interfaith Week, we have gathered a collection of prayers from different faith traditions. We hope you will enjoy them.

Information about the Interfaith Network, including events planned for Interfaith Week, can be found here, and the BBC's pages on religion can be seen here.

If you would like i-church to pray for you, you can post a prayer request here. (You will need to join our forums.)

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A Hindu Morning Prayer

Hindu Holy Man
May all in this world be happy,
may they be healthy,
may they be comfortable
and never miserable.

May the rain come down in the proper time,
may the earth yield plenty of corn,
may the country be free from war,
may the Brahmans be secure.

A Baha'i Prayer

Bahai Temple
Be generous in prosperity,
and thankful in adversity.
Be fair in thy judgment,
and guarded in thy speech.
Be a lamp unto those who walk in darkness,
and a home to the stranger.
Be eyes to the blind, and a guiding light unto the feet of the erring.
Be a breath of life to the body of humankind,
a dew to the soil of the human hear,
and a fruit upon the three of humility.

A Buddhist Prayer for Peace

Buddhist Temple
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 wildernesses -
the children, the aged, the unprotected -
be guarded by beneficent celestials,
and may they swiftly attain Buddhahood.

A Jain Prayer of Forgiveness
Jain Temple
I grant forgiveness to all living beings
May all the living beings please forgive me.
I have friendship with all the living beings.
I have no hostility towards anyone.

A Christian Prayer of Devotion

Church
Thanks be to you, my Lord Jesus Christ,
For all the benefits you have won for me,
For all the pains and insults you have borne for me.

O most merciful Redeemer, friend, and brother,
May I know you more clearly,
Love you more dearly,
And follow you more nearly:
For ever and ever.

~St. Richard Chichester~

A Muslim Prayer for Peace

Islamic Dome
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."

With Clean Hands
A Native American Prayer

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O Great Spirit
Whose voice I hear in the winds
And whose breath gives life to all the world, hear me!
Let me walk in beauty, and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands respect the things you have made and my ears sharp to hear your voice.
Let me learn the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock.
I seek strength, not to be greater than my brother, but to fight my greatest enemy - myself.
Make me always ready to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes.
So when life fades, as the fading sunset, my spirit may come to you without shame.

A Sikh Prayer of Praise

Guru Nanak
The sky is your salver,
the sun and moon your lamps,
The stars of the firmament your pearls,
All the earth's sandalwood is your incense,
The winds your whisks,
The flowers of all creation are heaped before you,
What shall I worship you with?

~Guru Nanak~

A Zoroastrian Prayer

Fire Temple
With bended knees,
with hands outstretched,
do I yearn for the effective expression
of the holy spirit working within me.

For this love and understanding,
truth and justice;
for wisdom to know the apparent from the real
that I might alleviate the sufferings of men on earth.

God is love,
understanding,
wisdom
and virtue.
Let us love one another,
let us practice mercy and forgiveness,
let us have peace,
born of fellow-feeling.

Let my joy be of altruistic living,
of doing good to others.
Happiness is unto him
from who happiness proceeds
to any other human being.

We will practice what we profess.

A Jewish Prayer for Peace

Sharing the Light
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.

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