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Prayer that trumps economic politics

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Washington has been scrambling. Can a workable solution to the economic crisis move within its reach? In the midst of a hotly contested presidential election, could bipartisanship trump politics? Could political posturing give way to genuine problem-solving? Could partisan bickering be stilled so consensus could emerge?

If getting the right answers – and therefore the workable solutions – seems an uncertainty, maybe one should consider another question. Does prayer trump politics? Does the prayer in which one turns unreservedly to the Almighty have a way of humbling the biggest egos, stilling the most determined maneuvering, quieting the noisiest grandstanding?

Yes. There is something positive that ordinary people can do. They can do it before and after consensus is reached. People far from the levers of power in Washington or on Wall Street can take this step. And they can keep taking it as long as needed. They can pray. They can turn unreservedly to the almighty God, who is also the one Mind, the one supreme Knower and source of intelligence. Not only does such prayer bring peace of mind to the one praying, but it also unifies. It helps bring sanity and clarity to key discussions taking place, even if far away. That can happen because, even if you are thousands of miles from Washington, the God you are praying to is not. He is both present with you, and present with those making decisions.

The storm-quelling authority of God, of the one Mind, is already there, already at work, already transforming wrongheadedness to right-mindedness. The Psalmist put it this way: "God is greatly to be feared (some translations say "revered") in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him. O Lord God of hosts, who is a strong Lord like unto thee? Or to thy faithfulness round about thee? Thou rulest the raging of the sea: when the waves thereof arise, thou stillest them" (Ps. 89:7-9).

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