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From the September 1957 issue of The Christian Science Journal

True prayer is our most potent weapon A for world peace. Since material solutions have been filled with uncertainty, limitations, and failure, it is not surprising that national leaders have on occasions asked for our individual prayers for guidance and protection from danger and from the complexities of modern warfare.

The Bible promises (James 5:16), "The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." We cannot overlook the emphasis which this passage places on "a righteous man." By daily emulating the life of Christ Jesus, who exemplified God's unfailing laws of love and harmony, we fulfill a basic requirement of the prayer which is a successful weapon for peace.

Jesus declared (Mark 11:24), "What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." This statement implies that more than blind belief in God is necessary. Prayer requires the utilization in daily life of the understanding of God's allness and goodness that we may be able to believe and thus receive and have peace.

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