Let your prayers embrace Libya

Originally appeared on spirituality.com

As The Christian Science Monitor’s analysis of what’s been characterized as a civil war in Libya makes clear, the situation is shifting in a way that could split the country or leave Muammar Qaddafi in power (“Why Libya’s Qaddafi could survive like Saddam in 1991,” March 8, 2011). The government’s advanced weaponry and willingness to attack its own citizens from the air make it a fearful opponent. Efforts to spread rumors about what the Qaddafi forces are planning help to intensify fear, uncertainty, and distrust. It appears that there’s an effort to split the rebel forces and to blind them in the fog of war.

Prayer for an intelligent and healing outcome to this situation is urgently needed. The Monitor article notes that one reason rebels in Iraq didn’t end the rule of Saddam Hussein was their failure to unite their efforts.

Christian Science offers the inspired thought that all can be united under God’s direction. God is divine Mind, the one intelligence, and the root of wisdom. Our prayers can affirm that each individual and group striving for freedom, whether in Iraq or Libya, can yield to Mind’s guidance. The one Mind’s purpose for all its creation is always to preserve life and unite all under the banner of good. As the prophet Zechariah wrote, “Behold, I will save my people from the east country, and from the west country” (8:7). All who love good can unite in prayer for peace and prosperity in Libya through the power of the one God to rule the nation.

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