Breaking through the world’s chains

I have prayed earnestly about peace for as long as I can remember. I grew up in London during the Cold War, the Falklands War, and the paramilitary Irish Republican Army’s terrorist attacks. On one occasion, while I was looking at a bookshop, a neighboring store was bombed by the IRA. In school there was a lot of talk about war, and my grandfather had suffered from a piece of shrapnel lodged in his head while serving during World War I. So when I lay awake at night, I frequently prayed, mostly to overcome my own fears.

Later, I lived and worked in Israel, where conflict was a constant undercurrent. It seemed evident that most people wanted to live in peace. I—along with many others—often prayed for peace and safety.  

I realized that I needed to pray not just for myself but also for the world.

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