Praying for the World

"Only one mediator..."

There looks to be always two sides in any negotiation situation with the emphasis being on one side winning. But, in her prayers, Jillie saw that Love is everpresent to mediate...

No impasse...

Are you praying to see a way through a seeming impasse either in your own life or the world community?  Perhaps these ideas from two Christian Scientists will help...

 

"no locked door, dead-end street

sign that says "no way out"

prayer is the way of going through
the valley of the shadow

the only I is present
the I AM speaks my name
your name, our names
all names—I, Love, you."

— Isabel Ferguson - Jan 19, 2009 The Christian Science Sentinel

Government and Politics - a spiritual approach

Do you need a fresh approach to thinking about government and politics? Diane Staples explains that "government is about something much more important than politics" in the following article. Just click on Read more....

Think larger...

The challenges facing our world today seem huge and we need to ask ourselves if our thinking and praying is 'large' enough to meet these challenges... 

Preoccupation with substitute gods?

Here is a new angle on the many preoccupations which seem to fill our world today...

...in the midst of bush fires

One of the great things about prayer is that it is immediate. We can go straight to the heart of what we are seeing before us and find another way to think and to see.... Here is how Abigail Mackay prayed about Australian bush fires. Her thought may help us to support the people in Mati, Greece, at this time of raging bush fires

"I will lead them in paths that they have not known..."

There are often times in our own lives when the way forward is not clear and that can be unsettling and often scary. When it is happening on a national level, we can need something deeper to guide us. This short post from Jillie shows how she is praying...

"Brave Britain! Blest America!

"Brave Britain! Blest America! These wonderful words can be found in a poem by Mary baker Eddy. Read how a Christian Scientist is praying for unity between nations...

"...the power of love..."

"We had the power of love. Everybody sent it." These are the words from the provincial governor, Narongsak Osottanakorn, on why the mission to rescue the 12 boys and their coach from a Thai cave succeeded. LOVE is a powerful healing presence and provides a haven of safety whatever the conditions. Read how Alison has been praying with this sense of 'haven'...

Thailand Cave Rescue

The news of the rescue of the 12 boys and their soccer coach from a ledge 2 km from the main entrance of flooded caves in Thailand fills everyone around the world with such joy and gratitude. Our church like so many others have joined in the prayers for this outcome and we are continuing to pray for their full recovery.

 Some of our members have shared how they have been using their understanding of God to pray for the situation.  Read more....

Praying for those in authority

Prayer isn't simply a matter of wishing, pleading or just hoping. Prayer can make a difference...

Being prepared for effective praying for the world

Challenging news items come thick and fast over the media. Are we always ready for them with our prayers? Inspiration can come in so many ways ...even thinking deeply about the word 'grass'. Intrigued? Then read more....

"We belong in God's family ..."

"With one Father, even God, the whole family of man would be brethren; and with one Mind and that God, or good, the brotherhood of man would consist of Love and Truth, and have unity of Principle and spiritual power which constitute divine Science."

(Science and Health p469: 30-5)

What a powerful statement to think about in the midst of alarming and distressing news broadcasts from the media every hour of the day! Sometimes discordant situations may arise within our own families or workplace. Read further of how a Christian Scientist is using this statement in her prayers for the world...

LOVE- a healing power

Our Wednesday weekly prayer meeting this week followed up on the address given by Bishop Michael Curry at the Royal Wedding on The Redemptive Power of Love - you can catch up on this meeting by clicking on 'Join us Online' at the top of this page. But have you ever thought about the healing power of Divine Love? Read more to listen to a broadcast on this subject...

Acknowledging GOD'S law to challenge increased street violence

News of increasing violence on Britain’s streets can bring fear and a feeling of helplessness. But don’t stop there! Click below to read how Christian Scientists immediately go to prayer to see God’s law in operation...

"To find what the world is trying to be."

What a thought provoking title from an article written by Thomas Johnsen in March 13 edition of The Christian Science Monitor! It talks of our role in healing a world in great need...

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Heads up in the storm

When weather conditions seem overwhelming, Christian Science encourages us to take another view. Read more to see how a Christian Scientist saw extreme weather as an opportunity to understand more of God, during challenging times...

Healing the effects of abuse

The subject of sexual abuse has been prominent in the news. In this broadcast you can hear how a group of Christian Scientists have dealt with this issue through their study of Christian Science.

"Oh! If he only knew, Love fills that well. "

These words in the title of this post were written by Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered Christian Science. Read more to see how they brought inspiration to a Christian Scientist who was praying for the situation of drought in South Africa...

Our prayers for Cape Town

Prayers in our church are continuing for the challenging situation in Cape Town in the midst of a drought. Read how one of our members is praying "to uinderstand more deeply the ever-presence of God's infinitude and what this must imply..."

'Drought is not beyond our control'

Following our last post highlighting the need for prayer to the situation in Cape Town where water supplies for the region are running perilously low, it is great to be able to share the attached article written by a Christian Scientist...

'Day Zero' looms over water-scarce Cape Town

Read about this serious situation in South Africa and join with us in praying...

"Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need."  Mary Baker Eddy, Science & Health, with Key to the Scriptures, page 494 

True home

Last Sunday was 'Homeless Sunday 2018', an opportunity to focus our thoughts and prayers on individuals throughout the world who are searching for home. Read more how Cate, a Christian Scientist, has used prayer to find and establish her sense of home...

No Season for flu

Interested in radical new ideas? With this being a time when so much is being said about seasonal illness, read what Sue Rohde, a Christian Scientist, wrote about rejecting symptoms of flu and mortal opinion and insisting on God's law of good as the only power governing her life.

"A Spiritual View of Individuality"

What if we begin to see ourselves, our family, those we meet and even world leaders from a spiritual perspective! What a difference that could make! Perhaps it would mean that we could break free from the restrictions of what other people thought about us or even what we thought about ourselves! Endless possibilities here for a rethink...

'Look up: a New Year's resolution you can keep"

A happy new year to all our readers from the members of Claygate Christian Science church! Our prayers for our world in the coming year need to be deep and sincere protests that only good is going on, despite what we are seeing and hearing from the media, don't they? The Christian Science Monitor is a continual source to go to each day to remind ourselves of this. Read more to see The Monitor's first post for the coming year...

Your prayers- a gift to the world

Our prayers for our world are more than just mere 'good thoughts' which seem to go nowhere. They are, as Mary baker Eddy wrote in her description of Jesus's understanding of the Divine healing Principle - "deep and conscientious protests of Truth." ('Science & Health, page 12, line 10). At this Christmas time, we can be giving our gift of healing prayer to any situation which touches our consciousness.

Read further about a Christian Scientist's 'deep and conscientious protests for Truth' on the subject of spiritual mediation... 

Discovering Tenderness in our World

 Christmas! What does that mean for each of us in our daily lives? Loving more? Caring more for each other? Perhaps bringing some of that tenderness, quietness and simplicity of the Christmas happening into our world...

 

Gratitude and Meeting Needs

You may feel that gratitude is the last thing you want to hear about at this moment or "how can I be grateful when things are going so wrong?" Here is a Christian Science perspective on the subject. Read more about how gratitude guides us out of a limited, finite sense of supply and into a more expansive awareness of illimitable God, good, inspiring solutions that meet our needs.

Meeting news of sexual harassment through prayer

Lisening to news items flooding the media can seem overwhelming. So much has been on the news lately about sexual harassment - do we just listen passively? How can we use our understanding of God and man and our daily study of the Bible and the Christian Science text book, Science and Health, with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, to establish a higher sense which can result in healing? Read further about the approach a Christian Scientist took...

#metoo

Injustice, harassment, victimisation in any form is no longer an element of our lives which needs to be hidden away and not exposed. But simple exposure is only the starting point for those individuals who have experienced such abuse. Where do we go from here to bring about change and healing....?

Click on the link below to read Jenny Sawyer's thoughts ....

 

'Positive drivers' for peace in our world today

Is peace simply the absence of war? Are people being led by fear? These and other questions can lead us to feel that conflct in the world is inevitable by looking at 'negative drivers' for war. Click on the link below to tune thought into 'positive drivers' for peace opportunities...

Praying about hurricanes

The news is full of reports of threatening extreme weather conditions and the aweful aftermath of such conditions to those who experience them. It can seem difficult to know how to support communities around the world in regions where such disasters are prevalent. Listen to this Daily Lift to find a fresh way of thinking...

'Overcoming hate'

Are you struggling with how to pray in the face of the terrorist attacks in Spain and Finland last week? The article in the Christian Science Perspective in Friday 18 August edition of The Christian Science Monitor provides new insights into 'letting Divine Love lead us forward' to overcome hate.

You can pray about loneliness...

Social media may give us the feeling that today there is greater connection going on between people but that is not always the case. Loneliness is something which can affect us whatever our age. But the truth is we are not alone. Click on the link below to find out how you can make deeper connections in your life...

Inspiration for praying for countries that have been torn by war

For countries torn apart by war, there needs to be reconciliation. Our prayers can help and support this healing process. Read more...

"...just people, linking arms, helping people."

Read this inspiring account of people helping people in July 11 edition of The Christian Science Monitor Daily. Our world is teeming with actions such as this and it's good to remember this when things look dark...

"In hard times, where is God?"

This title may resonate with all those who are praying to find resolution of difficulties in their own lives and in world situations. Click on the link below to listen to the experience of one Christian Scientist who found that God was there, right with her, in the most challenging circumstances and how this changed her whole life.

"Two religions, one God"

Deep division seems to be at the heart of the acts of terrorism which we have witnessed in Britain recently and elsewhere in the world. The Christian Science perspective from the The Christian Science Monitor reverses this concept and talks of "Two religions, one God", a quote from the Quran. Click on Read more to explore the article 'Unity in the face of terror"...

How can we pray for the world?

Does the idea of praying for the world seem daunting and frankly, impossible? It's actually quite simple. As we strive to meet every one of the daily challenges which come to us with love and an embracing sense of peace, we are participating in active, powerful prayer - a prayer which reaffirms Love's healing presence for everyone. Read more of how a Christian Scientist dissolved anger and resentment with the 'softness' of Love...

"...Immanuel, or 'God with us'...

Following last week's tragedy in Manchester, our thoughts and prayers continue to support a healing sense of Love's everpresence. In the text book of Christian Science, its author, Mary Baker Eddy, writes about "...the sign of Immanuel, or 'God with us,' - a divine influence everpresent in human consciousness..." (page x1, Science and Health, with Key to the Scriptures)

Click on the link below to listen to a conversation with three Christian Scientists on "A spiritual Response to Terrorism"...

Continuing to pray with Manchester

Maintining a continual sense of Love's presence and healing comfort for those dealing with Monday's events remains uppermost in our thoughts.

Click on the link below to read how one Christian Scientist is using her daily study of the Bible to pray with the people of Manchester...

Praying with Manchester

More sharing from our members on how they are searching for a sense of God's healing love...Click on the link below to read how one Christian Scientist is using her daily study of the Bible to pray with the people of Manchester...

PRAYING FOR MANCHESTER

When there are just 'no words', Love is the only answer -  tangible, real expressions of love and goodness which we have seen in Manchester following Monday's suicide bombing at the Manchester Arena. Our prayers from this church are also deep affirmations of the power of Love to overcome hate in whatever form. Click on the link below to share in our healing prayers ... 

The practical, effective result of prayer in Christian Science...

There are times when we have a very clear focus for our prayers but there are also times when our prayers are needed for situations which we know nothing about. Read how this came about in the experience of Christian Scientists praying for their son's business problem but which turned out to be something entirely different...

Praying for Madeleine McCann and her family

Our prayers are needed in the world no matter how difficult the circumstance or how much time has elapsed. One such situation is the continual search for the missing child, Madeleine McCann, who was abducted in Portugal in May 2007. Next week is the 10th anniversary of her disappearance. Read more about how a Christian Scientist is using his daily study of the Bible and the book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, to gain inspiration for his prayers for the situation.

Thinking about Motherhood

A member shares her thoughts about Motherhood, as she prays for herself, her family, and families - and individuals - around the world.

Praying for World Issues Including the Weather!

A Christian Scientist shares her thoughts about praying when a Hurricane threatened to cause havoc on the other side of the Atlantic.

Praying about mental health

Mental health is a subject today which needs our prayers. A Christian Scientist found herself in a situation in which she felt the urgency to meet this challenge in her own thought as she went about her daily life.

Leading with integrity

"The tossing of ‘brick-bats’ at national leaders and politicians in the media has erupted with increasing intensity over the past months..."

Read how a Christian Scientist realised that she needed to change her thought about this and take a more spiritual approach.

Love reflected in love

A member shares her thoughts on New Year’s resolutions, and loving more. 

Praying for the whales

Everyone, seeing the pictures in the media, of more than 550 pilot whales beached along a 5 kilometre stretch of coastline over 2 days on Farewell Spit in New Zealand, could not help wanting to reach out to help in some way. Prayer in Christian Science is an effective healing means of contributing to the restoration of harmony and natural good. Read more to see how one Christian Scientist met this challenge.

"The government shall be upon His shoulder..."

Christian Scientists, like so many people around the world from all cultures and belief systems, are praying daily to support and defend strong, right thinking and right acting government. Read how one Christian Scientist found a clear foundation for her prayers in the Bible...

"...a deep-settled calm"

"Oh glorious hope! there remaineth a rest for the righteous, a rest in Christ, a peace in Love. The thought of it stills complaint; the heaving surf of life's troubled sea foams itself away, and underneath is a deep-settled calm." Mary Baker Eddy ('Message to the Mother Church for 1902', p. 19)

Isn't this feeling of calm what is needed today?

'The Power in Welcoming Alternate Views'

This title is from Monday 23 January's editorial of The Christian Science Monitor in which it speaks about the importance of nurturing and encouraging different viewpoints and then listening to them. This prevents 'group-think' and allows for a diverse analysis of events and situations to happen in order to arrive at wise and correct decision making.

Going beyond 'post truth'

'Post truth'!  'Fake news'!

These words seem to appear almost every day in the media and can give us a feeling of great uncertainty and anxiety because we don't know where to go to find the truth. But looking at the news from a Christian Science perspective can provide a solid trustworthy basis to pray from...

'We're all in this together..."

Perhaps you caught this title in our Daily Lift section on the Home Page in the right hand corner, last week. Isn't this a great thought, as we face the world challenges of today together as a world community! Putting aside all the things which would divide us, we can perhaps get a different concept of 'church'...

Facing the new year

A new year! We are faced with predictions, sometimes good, sometimes gloomy! Perhaps a new start signifies change, renewal, anticipation, even excitement!

However we personally approach it, the new year, for our world, needs to include peace and stability. Check out this  Daily Lift from Marian English to see how to pray for this...

Gifts to the world

The Christmas week! What a wonderful time of thinking about giving to those we love! But have you ever thought about what you would give to our world as a gift at this special time  if you were given the chance? A great question, isn't it?

The Gift of Healing

What greater gift can we give at Christmas than our prayers?

Prayers for peace, unity, forgiveness, love and hope...

How does healing in Christian Science work?

Have you ever wondered what healing in Christian Science is about or how Christian Scientists use prayer?

"Healing is about giving up our view of a situation for God's view..."  interesting concept? Then read on to find out more...

How can we help to bring healing to world situations

"The real jurisdiction of the world is in MInd, controlling every effect and recognising all causation as vested in Divine Mind."  Science & Health, with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 379

People from different faiths and congregations are praying to bring healing and peace to so many issues in our world. How can we as individuals contribute to this healing momentum...

The healing power of Love

"Hold the world in the palm of your hand and love it!" These words were shared by a church member at our Wednesday prayer meeting this week and they certainly hold a message for us as we pray for our world at this time. Read how we can use prayer to bring about peace and healing.

Caring for our home planet

Good news about unprecedented unity among the nations in protecting the environment!