Online prayer to bring in change for peace



Most of us pray; and I suspect even the so-called atheists pray or would have done at one time or the other in their lives. Because, as the Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard said, the function of the prayer is not to influence God but to change the nature of the person who prays so that he/she can create a better world to live in.

For those who believe in the power of prayer, it does wonders. It was with this point in mind that a strong believer in prayer and its power, Jamie Coughlin, 32, a Princeton graduate, has gone to the extent of making best use of prayers power. He has set up a network to use it as a tool to bring in real change in the wretched lives of people in this trouble-torn world. He got into this venture on All Souls Day and threw it open to the whole world in mid-January. His website, known as PlusGrace, lets people pledge for others online or donate money electronically to those requesting prayers. And he says it has worked well and hopes to make it an effective tool to benefit mankind.

According to Bloomberg BusinessWeek that reported on Coughlin’s venture recently, in today’s world when there is so much trouble and enmity, one can really do something by being proactive in praying and change the outcome the way one desires.

The website flashes slogans like ‘Social for the Soul’ and ‘Pray it Forward’ on the home page that also features popular users and their latest tweets.

The curious among you may ask how to go about it? It is so simple: You have to just open an account and upload a few photos and then provide a title and a short description of the cause you believe merits spiritual or monetary help.

It is not that Coughlin started it as a business venture. The money he charges from those who can pay and willingly donate is only to keep the prayer network going on. He values even those people who can’t pay but can pray for a better world to live in peace and happiness.

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