Signs of the Times

Topic: The Power of Prayer

[Rev. A. O. Kuck, as quoted in the Courier-Journal, Louisville, Kentucky]

The prayer which our Lord taught us is quite easy to say, but not so easy to pray. Too often, when it is used, it becomes but a vain repetition against which our Lord warned us. When we really pray this prayer our horizons are pushed back. There is no place in this prayer for selfishness.

If we would really pray, "Give us this day our daily bread," we must ask for all nations and individuals the right to the opportunity of securing the necessaries of life. It means more than our modern charity, the giving of our overflow to provide only bread. For the nation it means the right of access to natural resources necessary for its life. For the individual it means the opportunity to earn a livelihood. Thus when we pray we must include the peoples of Japan, China, India, Africa, Germany, Russia, Italy, and all others, including the underprivileged, both white and black, in our own land.

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December 2, 1939

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