It is right and reasonable for men of every faith and nation to pray for peace. In the degree that they pray understandingly, cleanse their hearts of rancor, and discharge their responsibilities as citizens, peace among nations will be established. Month after month for a matter of years the world has been living in a sense of continuing crisis. Unquestionably mankind's great desire for peace has had much to do with keeping the peace during this troubled period.

Mary Baker Eddy writes in "Science and Health with Key tothe Scriptures" (p. 1), "Desire is prayer; and no loss can occur from trusting God with our desires, that they may be moulded and exalted before they take form in words and in deeds." This is true of the desire for peace. If we are willing to seek peace in God's way, we shall not desire merely ease and comfort in material satisfactions or a false, convenient peace that comes from surrender to evil. Rather shall we seek that dynamic condition of active good in which the world moves to-ward higher concepts of justice and broader expression of good will.

Christendom in general prays the prayer of supplication for peace, beseeching God to give peace to His people. The Christian Scientist learns to pray the prayer of affirmation, based on the understanding that God indeed does give peace to man, has forever given it to the people of His creation, to the children of Spirit.

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