How are you praying about the Nigeria school abductions?

When things seem difficult and complicated, without an obvious or ready solution, remembering Christ Jesus’ words “With God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26) is reassuring. It is also helpful to know that Christian Science teaches that we can not only pray about difficult issues but also expect practical resolutions and healing. 

I have been praying about the troubling spate of kidnappings of Nigerian school children. I dearly love my country and its people, so this issue has been of special importance to me.

As with any other problem, rather than focus on the myriad complexities of the situation, I start my prayers with what I know to be true of God, divine Love, which is a scriptural synonym for God. It is heartening to know that God’s power and beneficent influence do not vary according to a country’s geographical location, its level of economy, or its type of government. In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy writes, “Love is impartial and universal in its adaptation and bestowals” (p. 13). This statement assures us that God does not have favorites and that divine Love would never separate individuals into victimizers or victims. So, we can expect to see God meeting every human need specifically, in just the right way. 

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