Why pray for peace

Praying for peace in a world marked by violence and terrorism might seem like a waste of time. But Christ Jesus tells us, "If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ... nothing shall be impossible unto you."  Matt. 17:20. Biblical promises are always certain of fulfillment when our reliance on them is based on spiritual understanding.

Recently I heard from a young man who had been in a Christian Science Sunday School only a few years before. Then in his late teens, he was rebellious, arrogant, contemptuous of every generation but his own. He was a problem to his family—and to his Sunday School teacher. But one Sunday the teacher detected an opening in his seeming indifference toward Christian Science.

Genuinely interested in world problems, the young man sparked a lively discussion of whether prayer as taught in Christian Science could lessen the danger of slipping into nuclear war. He indicated that perhaps instead of being part of the world's problems, he might want to help cure them by learning how to pray intelligently.

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The why and when
January 25, 1982

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