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A coalition of Protestant churches that includes the Presbyterian Church (USA), the Reformed Church in America and The Episcopal Church have called for an international day of prayer for South Sudan on Feb. 16. In a statement, Gradye Parsons of the PC (USA) explained, “The ceasefire that went into effect in South Sudan on January 23 provides a sign of hope. Our brothers and sisters need our prayer and support as they seek to move into a future of justice and peace." Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori also released a statement, saying, “The new nation needs peace, in order that all its people might thrive.” Fellow Christians are invited to pray for the country, which has been embroiled in a violent conflict stemming from disputes over land and power in recent months. Church leaders have also been encouraging members to donate to disaster relief efforts in the region. The PC (USA) has posted a suggested prayer on their website in lead up to Feb. 16 that says, in part:

We give thanks for the ceasefire, but we pray for our brothers and sisters as they face the tasks of building a future together. God of reconciliation, we ask you to send your Spirit of unity and peace to guide the people and the leaders of South Sudan from violence and into the paths of peace and justice. Strengthen them with the power of your Holy Spirit as they witness to the strong love of Christ, advocating for peace and justice in a situation that is only hopeful because we follow a resurrected Christ.

 
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Among the boxes we tend to build for God—the various extents to which we believe or predict He will act—is the box that confines Him to responding to us the same way others do. We often limit our expectations of Him to what we’ve experienced within our human interactions. Read More

 

According to a new study from German researchers at Saarland University and the University of Mannheim, praying actually does help people control their emotions and can give them an “increased strength and ability to resist temptation.” For the study, the researchers gathered volunteers from varying faiths, as well as, agnostics and atheists, who were asked to either pray or think intensely for a period of five minutes. Next, the volunteers were asked to watch movie clips that were meant to illicit an emotional response—and were told to either act normally or try to repress their emotions as researchers observed their reactions. The volunteers then took a Stroops test, which is used by psychologists to measure mental self-control. Those who prayed had an easier time with the tasks than those who didn’t. A researcher told The Daily Mail, 'These results are consistent with and contribute to a growing body of work attesting to the beneficial effects of praying on self-control.” Had they just listened to Hammer in the first place, the researchers could have saved themselves a lot of work ... Discuss