To Our Readers

Prayer should be as natural to us as breathing. Holding our thought close to God, listening quietly for His direction, feeling the grace and love of our divine Father—Mother—prayer lifts us above the mundane, above empty hopes, out of the purposeless days that would try to steal away the best of life.

There's tremendous joy in prayer, and that joy only grows when we pray for others as well as ourselves. I remember the first time I asked someone specifically to pray for me. I needed healing. This wonderful Christian woman's prayers were such a blessing to me. Today, many years later, I know the blessing that she, too, must have felt from being given the privilege of praying for another of God's Children.

That's as it should be. Prayer should bless everyone it includes. Yet are there also ethics involved when we pray for someone else? And what are we actually praying for? This week's Cover Story explores these vital subjects. As contributing editor Channing Walker writes, "There is never a time or situation in which one should avoid praying. What is helpful, though, is first getting a firmer grasp on the ethics of prayer." Mr. Walker writes in depth of how to recognize God's purpose for our prayers, of seeking only His will, of following the Golden Rule.

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