We are living in unusual times right now. COVID-19 is running rampant around the world, people have lost jobs, finances are uncertain, we are all wearing face masks in 104 degree weather, churches haven’t met in person in months, schools are trying to decide if they will open or wait, sports teams are trying to decide if they will play or not, finding certain items in the grocery store is a full time search, and we have an important election this year.
I’ve heard people, more than once, say, “Oh, we don’t listen to the news anymore, it’s too depressing.” I would like to encourage you to start listening to (or reading) the news each day for several reasons:
With the reasons above in mind, let us use the news stories we hear as prayer prompts to pray through the news.
Here are a few thoughts on how you might 'pray the news':
Decades ago, someone said, “To be an informed praying Christian you must have a Bible in one hand and a newspaper in the other.” Let’s work on being informed prayers. Our world needs it now more than ever!
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6
Written by Earl Ann Bumpus, WMU of Texas President
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