Eye on the world: Prayer for peace in Syria/Iraq

In both the United States and Europe there is growing concern that continuing instability in the current war zone could lead to an even wider conflict. As The Christian Science Monitor reports, “  . . . new polls suggest the videotaped beheadings of two American journalists by the Islamic State have rekindled [fears of another 9/11 event], and with them an apparent sense of inevitability about war.”

Here are thoughts from writers who have prayed about peace and issues related to war--and some of the spiritual concepts that inspired them.

Changing perspective--from accepting the “inevitability about war” to refusing it--is supported by thoughts offered by the author of “Watching over our world.” He writes: ”To watch through the lens of spiritual sense is to see more than just the violence and threats to mankind’s safety. It’s to see through the outward threats to the underlying claims of the carnal mind, futilely but aggressively asserting that evil is the master of good. And then to see spiritually the truth that renders those claims powerless.”

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