Prayer that makes a difference

If our world has become a global village, as more than one commentator has observed, it's no surprise that concerned citizens ask, "What can I do to make a difference? How can I help ensure that governments are just and freedoms are preserved?" When someone answers, "You can pray," it is no powerless cliché, as the comments that follow illustrate. These brief excerpts from interviews with people who live in both East and West Berlin show something of how prayer has contributed significantly to historic changes going on today.

Jutta Obrowski: I live in West Berlin. I'm working in an office and studying singing.

Even before the wall was opened, because we always had contact with East Berlin and the eastern part of Germany, I learned that freedom really starts within me. So often when we went visiting friends in East Berlin, when we had to cross the border, I always, by praying, felt free. I felt like a citizen, in my heart, of East and West.

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The spiritual basis of freedom
February 12, 1990

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