A Christian Science perspective.
While the tragic explosion in Jakarta last week is an obvious setback to those combating terrorism in Indonesia, it does not erase the very substantial progress in fighting terrorism – progress that's been ongoing since the 2002 bombings in Bali that killed over 200.
Progress on the prayer front plainly needs to be ongoing as well. Prayer, by individuals anywhere on the planet, can reach out to the Almighty as the source of protection and security. Could prayer, filled with a conviction that the presence of the Divine makes a practical difference, have the potential to enhance counter-terrorism efforts? Absolutely.
Prayer has the capacity to spiritually enhance the safety and security of each individual in a terrorist-prone region. The book of Job in the Bible gives a powerful starting point for such prayer when it says, "Thou shalt be secure, because there is hope" (11:18). Think of that. The Bible not only promises security, but suggests one can expect security. "Because there is hope." That's why security is realistic, is obtainable.
But if there is security because there is hope, one might ask, then why is there hope? The answer is both simple and profound. There is hope because there is God. The God of promise and of fulfillment who the author of Job glimpsed, the God who is both the divine Life and immortal Love that Christ Jesus so magnificently knew and proved, the God who meets humanity's needs today for comfort and protection as people learn how to turn more completely to Him in prayer – that God is why there is hope. And that hope is why there is security.