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PRAYER'S EFFECT FOR THE WORLD

A Monitor correspondent's wartime prayer

From the August 2009 issue of The Christian Science Journal


LOOKING AT OUR WORLD TODAY, what do we see? Are we overwhelmed by the vast problems of war, hunger, social and economic turmoil, and a constantly deteriorating environment because that's what the media constantly project? Are we tempted to believe that while Christian or any other sincere prayer may be effective in our personal lives, humanity's problems are simply too big for any one individual to cope with, however dedicated he or she may be? Some years ago, I had an experience that showed me how prayer not only helps to leaven world thinking but can bring protection to individuals. I was a member of a team of journalists on The Christian Science Monitor.