>Pray for what?

This reflection was shared by a board member at ICPJ:

We can not merely pray to God to end war;
For the world was made in such a way
That we must find our own path to peace
Within ourselves and with our neighbor.

We cannot merely pray to God to root out prejudice;
For we already have eyes
To see the good in all people
If we would only use them rightly.

We can not merely pray to God to end starvation;
For we already have the resources
With which to feed the entire world
If we would only use them wisely.

We cannot merely pray to God to end despair;
For we already have the power
To clear away slums and to give hope
If we would only use our power justly.

We cannot merely pray to God to end disease;
For we already have great minds
With which to search out cures and healings
If we would only use them constructively.

Therefore we pray instead
For strength, determination, and will power,
To do instead of merely to pray
To become instead of merely to wish;
That our world may be safe,
And that our lives may be blessed.

–Kol Haneshama Prayer book, page 772;
Jack Reimer (adapted)

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