Prayer from across the sea
How do I pray for a bombing that happened thousands of miles away in Kenya? This question instantly popped into my head when we received word of the Kenyan referendum bombing. How can I—one person who has no connection to that part of the world—pray for the people there?
It’s a question that I needed to address before I could hope to have any positive effect on the situation in Kenya. This is something I always struggle with, whether it is a war, a natural disaster, a terrorist attack, or something else that tries to influence the way I’m thinking about the world. I am too small to have any power to change something greater than myself, right?
WRONG! I mean, sure, if you look at it from a strictly human perspective then it seems pretty useless for one person to pray about something. But are we only the skin and bones we see with our eyes? No, we are spiritual ideas, and we must learn to look at things from a spiritual view. This will change the world.
I heard this story about when Christopher Columbus discovered the West. The Native Americans could not see the ships approaching on the horizon. All they could see was a disturbance in the water. The idea of a ship was so foreign to them that they actually could not see them. One day the head of one of the Indian villages, who had been peering out at the ocean, finally saw the ships. In turn, he showed them to the others and suddenly they could see them, too.
That is how we can affect the world. We can see things that most people don’t because we know something about the spiritual nature of God and His ideas. Even so, it can be hard for us to see things as spiritual ideas because we are surrounded by materiality, but we must remain persistent as we declare the spiritual truth about what’s going on in the world. Kick out the thoughts of disorder and chaos because they are not spiritual laws.
When we understand what’s really happening, we can show something new to others, just like that Native American leader did with the ships.
I saw these interviews that the Christian Science Board of Directors did after the earthquake in Haiti. They are answering the question Am I too small to make a difference? Tom Black states this beautiful idea that sums up what I am trying to say. He says,”So in the place where disaster appears to be, if I only had eyes to see it, is great calm and joy and order and peace. In that place is not chaos, disorder, and destruction.” We need to see with our “spiritual” eyes, we need to see this joy and order and peace. When you see this for yourself, you can help others see it. So see it!
By Justin Belote
For more ideas about this topic:
Blog: Peace the world over
Praying about world violence or other issues?
Blog: Praying for the world. And the people in it.
Podcasts: Healing Violence
Prayer and Politics
Articles: A story of peace, not violence
A spiritual answer to violence and suffering
Overcoming violence with good
Transcribed Audio Chats: Peacebuilding and the decline of war
Prayer: a powerful weapon against terrorism
Topics: World Issues | Tags: bombing, Kenya, referendum, terrorism, violence