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I think, that for a lot of Christians (certainly for me in the past and others I ahve spoken to) the whole idea of "praying for Peace in Jerusalem" seems a bit scary. Maybe scary is the wrong word, but too big, like "How can I, by my little prayers, ever make a difference?" Wondering how that can be changed, hmmm?

Agree with your prayers! AMEN!

Zoe, I wonder where this idea comes from? There seems a somewhat skewed (if human) theology here... 'It is my ability in prayer which transforms', is the power of prayer in our hands? I hope not! The two passages that stir me re. prayer are Romans 8...

Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God's Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don't know how or what to pray, it doesn't matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans.

and Acts 12 (too long to cut'n'paste) where the Disciples are praying 'earnestly' for Peter's release from prison. When he turns up, their paryers having been answered, they simply cannot believe it is Peter... finding it easier to believe that it is Peter's Angel knocking on the door than that God had actually answered their prayers!

These stir me because it seems that neither our ability to string together the right words in prayer nor our ultimate faith in the power of prayer matter a bit!

Totally agree with you now, and even finding it difficult to remember why or how I thought the other way. Think if I could remember more of what that was like for me, I would have something more to say to those who still feel that way.

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