In both the United States and Europe there is growing concern that continuing instability in the current war zone could lead to an even wider conflict. As The Christian Science Monitor reports, “ . . . new polls suggest the videotaped beheadings of two American journalists by the Islamic State have rekindled [fears of another 9/11 event], and with them an apparent sense of inevitability about war.”
Here are thoughts from writers who have prayed about peace and issues related to war--and some of the spiritual concepts that inspired them.
Changing perspective--from accepting the “inevitability about war” to refusing it--is supported by thoughts offered by the author of “Watching over our world.” He writes: ”To watch through the lens of spiritual sense is to see more than just the violence and threats to mankind’s safety. It’s to see through the outward threats to the underlying claims of the carnal mind, futilely but aggressively asserting that evil is the master of good. And then to see spiritually the truth that renders those claims powerless.”
The author of “My effort for peace in the Middle East” describes how her own prayer helped to support a positive outcome during what could have been a violent encounter. She writes, “At a time when war seems to be the answer of choice for deep-seated conflicts, my prayer for humanity is that we spread our hearts' desires for transformation and peace, reconciliation and forgiveness, gentleness and love, to friends and foes alike.”
In “Prayer for my son in the military,” a father speaks about the challenge of praying for the enemy. He writes, “I had no trouble praying for our troops, but the Taliban? How could I pray for the enemy?” Through prayer, he realized, “I was not praying for humans. It is not that we have ‘good humans’ fighting for the just causes and ‘bad humans’ fighting to destroy everything. My prayers needed to start with thought, acknowledging that all the people involved in this struggle were, in spiritual fact, perfect ideas of a good God.“