Prayer Is the Way Out

The potency of prayer, as shown in the incident recorded in the twelfth chapter of Acts, furnishes a most heartening inspiration for our own day. It lends encouragement to our efforts to accomplish the work that lies before us in meeting and overcoming, through prayer, the national and international unrest. In this chapter we are told that Peter was kept in prison; but that "prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him. And when Herod would have brought him forth" to take his life, the same night "behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: ... and his chains fell off from his hands." Peter followed the angels, and "the iron gate that leadeth unto the city ... opened to them of his own accord."

Today the nations of the world are shaken through misunderstandings and chaos—economic, political, and international. In some instances, forms of government have been changed in a single day; material experiments have been made, sometimes with little or no actual benefit. Unsettled conditions seem to prevail.

Some may think they have nothing to do with the general situation, but this is not true. Instead of casting aside our responsibilities with indifference, discouragement, or indignation, Christian Scientists should contradict unceasingly and prayerfully every argument of discord or war by definitely knowing that selfishness, lust, greed, and dishonesty are powerless to disturb the harmony of God's universe. A true sense of unity is established only as we reflect the one Mind. Whatever deflects from this Mind is lacking in universal love.

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Spiritual Vision through Purification
November 21, 1936

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