“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7
Prayer is something most of the world’s population does on a regular basis. Atheists often criticize it by claiming that it does not work and that it is a delusion to speak to oneself. The recent course of events has proven them wrong. On September 7, 2013 the Holy Father Pope Francis called the world to Pray and Fast for Peace. Billions joined him worldwide as he led a prayer service at the Vatican that lasted over 5 hours! People of all walks of life, even religions joined in the pray for peace campaign.
Prior to this, rumors of war were circulating about. President Obama warned that he would authorize a strike with or without allies against Syria. He even went on television to make his case to the American people. Within just hours of making a final decision to attack based on the vote of Congress, something extraordinary happened. President Putin brokered a deal with Syria, Kerry and the United Nations in order to avert war. He even used a well known American newspaper to voice his plan. This made President Obama look bad eventually causing some to question why he received the Nobel Peace Prize when Putin could have received it instead.
Anyhow, there is no more talk of a strike; only talks of peace and the surrendering of chemical weapons. This is good news! Our prayers worked! Prayer triumphed over war and violence.
Let us keep praying for peace!
“Lord, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us.” – Isaiah 26:12