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PRAYER, Issue 15697, 11 January 1915
Mr D. AT. M. Burn writes to us:—l read with intense interest the. article, on ' Prayer' in Saturday's issue of your paper, a copy of which I am sending to the. head of the Order of the Star in the East, who is also editor of 'The Herald of the Star,' from the last issue of which I extract the enclosed article, itself a reprint from an American journal. It has struck me that you may find it worthy of republication for its cuiggestivcness as to the. direction of our prayers. 'The 'San Francisco Chronicle* of September 10, commenting editorially on the proclamation of President Wilson setting apart Octobe- 4 at a day of prayer for peace, says : The Prayer: of the Notion for Peace. Let Us Pray Bather for World-wide-Conditions AA'hich Make for Peace, in the Future.—The President has issued a very beautiful proclamation designating Sun da.y, October L as a day of special prayer for the restoration of peace among the nations. The call will meet with swift response from the sou! of the nation, and upon the appointed day the temples will W thronged with the devout assembled to pour out their supplications. But while we are told that the prayer of the righteous availeth much, it v.ill surely avail most when wisely directed. When the world has for generations exalted Fervice in war as the highest and noblest duty of the citiz---n ; when great nations iisist that each able-bodied man within their jurisdiction shall rpend some of his best, years in learning the art of war: when nations strive with each other as to which shall a-ssemble the mizhtiest armaments on sea and land, create the greatest; arsenals of the most, ponderous cannon and the largest stores of nil munitions of war; when tha highest rewards of inventive, genius 20 to those who can devise the most deadly implements of destruction beneath the sea and for flight in the air; when the masses of mankind are made to groan and struggle under unendurable taxation to provide means for murder and destruction ; when the spirit of savag" militarism is made to permeate *ho vorl.d —surely it sound?, almost like sacrilegious mockery to assemble and pray Almighty God to Errant us> peace. The world i.s aghast at the horrible, consequences of its;'own folly, and rushes to pray God to save us' from ourselves. Doubtless peace will come, but possibly not until the Lord has inflicted dire and sufficient pi nishment upon a rebelliousworld. It may lie that the assurance of peace which will be given will be the impossibility of making war hereafter bv the eompfete exhaustion of our impulses of savagery. At any rate, what we should pray for with most earnestness, and may pray for with the greatest faith, it, that "we shall abolish war by ceasing to prepare for war. No child ever picked iip a stick without an impulse to hit> someone with it. And men are but children of .1 larger growth, and nations tiro exaggerated children. The greatest cause of war is preparation for war. The tuition which believes jt has the strongest armament will never rest until it puts it to use. And there conies a time when nations can,' only be inducer! to submitto grindin"" taxation for war purpose* br being thrust into war —that the alleged, necessity may serin to be demonstrated. AVhat we are to pray for is the abolition of armament, except for police purposes, the abolition of enforced military service in preparation f>r war. the prohibition of loans to belligerent, nations, and the ruthless taxation of bonds isi-'.tH .'or such purposes wherever found : for nonintercourse by neutral nations to continue, for a year after peace with any belligerent which uses or builds submarines, plants mines in the. riper, seas", or drops bombs from the air. for the general realisation that was it= minder invariably lieguii fiora sotdtd motives is in all respects contemptible and vile, and is umversallv begotten of savagery upon greed ; and for the impJani. : ng< within the fouls ot all o r us die put wind) Mi ill dim* hunun cik,i„v ton ad pioduaion 11.1 not di trtnt 01 mil ti the . tiltn itn n of (he irts. ot |ifiu 111c 1 not of war L jn this spnu tl doom ipuoi hj thr 1< 11 « on tut 4th jf 1 "wt month and addie s that pit nun? 10 the icnio — \ il ot the 1 use o f w 1 ratlin than of th< nit's i ihh ti ult ot th' 1 tata.es tn > "\ ill hu< with t' fin in hpiut 11 j lot in boil hj pc ore i mi Itituue <"t I th.st who do 11 ' ti 1 Ih frtquti t t!< j i red pi 1 e o> p ntui m 1 ; r\e n 1! nlltd tth tin pint ul o\o I lion dcm it t mockciv to 1 k lie *im -ht\ o inti lpo 1 t 1 pi< \ent 1 1 it \ hi< hj his vr ti iK lollowol *i u iiidulli nt of 01 out ha'ied our o 11 ie diuib 1 d out o\ 11 p inn
PRAYER, Issue 15697, 11 January 1915
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