Reluctant to pray for the world? Roll that ‘stone’ away.

Today I am praying for the world—including countries in desperate turmoil, individuals in deep need, people leaving their homes hoping to find a better life. But … where do I begin? There seem to be so many problems in the world. Can one individual’s prayers really make a difference? Is prayer enough?

Sometimes, a sense of hopeless futility discourages me from praying for the world. When I was dealing with this kind of reluctance one morning, I had a conversation with myself about it. It went something like this:

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