Free ebook: How to pray the newsNovember 14, 2017
Pain, suffering, hate and man’s inhumanity to man are realities of the human condition. They are not greater nor more common today but social media and 24/7 news world makes us aware of the horrors endured by others in real time. As Christians, in response, what do we do?
Rather than give in to anxiety or hopelessness, we have another option. We pray the news. Prayer is not an empty platitude in the face of pain because of the One to whom we pray. God sees the beginning and the end, all of the past, all of the present and all of the future. His view sees deep into every human heart and His view sees His eternal purpose in every clay vessel He has shaped.
This kind of prayer inevitably motivates us to live differently and sacrificially. We weep with those who weep and we grieve over sin and then we rise up in hope, stand on our firm foundation and trust in the most precious promise of the Sovereignty of God.
To help us, we can pray God’s Word over the headlines and ask Him to help us see and serve others as He does.