Prayer and peacemaking

Peace doesn't simply begin far away in other places. Christian healing on the borders of our own homes and neighborhoods leads to larger peace objectives.

A Television news program during the war in the Persian Gulf pointed to the number of churches that had made prayer for peace a significant part of their congregations' daily activities. There's clearly a deep hunger on the part of many people for a more humane, spiritually based solution to local, national, and worldwide contentions.

Yet don't we sometimes accept the notion that we're too insignificant to be of any influence in the quest for peace? This is unfortunate, since the crumbling of the Berlin Wall and of oppressive regimes in Eastern Europe certainly attests to the power of persistent prayer, not only by churches but by individuals.

Christ Jesus said, "Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God." Each of us can be encouraged to expect the blessing that is ours as we seek to be peacemakers by learning more about God and what it means to be His child.

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"I felt the crew should hear these words"
June 10, 1991

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