Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Forwarding Freedom

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Forwarding Freedom

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ALTHOUGH there are signs of progress in humanity's quest for freedom, much remains to be done. People in nations around the world--in Africa, Latin America, Asia, and even in Europe--long to experience true liberty. Who of us doesn't share similar longings, wherever we live?

We can find more freedom in our own lives, through prayer. And prayer has a way of encouraging those who are working toward freedom. I remember attending a talk by an Anglican clergyman who had been falsely accused and imprisoned. He said that during his imprisonment, he had taken strength from the knowledge that people around the world were praying for him and for his country. This sustained him until his release, and it energized his efforts on behalf of freedom afterward.

Christ Jesus' ministry is a wonderful illustration of the liberating effects of prayer. Throughout his life, he was able to free people from sickness, from sin, from dishonesty, and from other troubles. He did this by teaching people to know God and their inseparable relationship to Him. He showed them that God is good and how to trust God in every aspect of their lives.

The early Christians had ample opportunity to learn how God's power would help them. Paul, for example, experienced his own share of God's help when he was in dan-ger. He declared succinctly of this divine help in his second letter to the Corinthians: "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

This statement gives us a starting point in praying for liber-ation for ourselves and for those around the world. For instance, when love, truth, goodness, intelligence, gentleness, and courage are present, these are evidences of the spiritual nature of man. And because man is the expression of God, these qualities actually illustrate the presence of God. When we see signs of qualities like these, we can be encouraged because they show that God is present, even if we can't see Him very clearly. …

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