Praying through the 10 o’clock news
The news has been quite depressing lately, hasn’t it? Every time I turn on the TV and see the latest updates coming from Aurora, Colorado, my instinct is to turn it off, block it out, and pretend the heartache doesn’t exist.
But so far I haven’t found a single command in the Bible for believers to block out the bad news of the world or to retreat into a Christians-only bubble of quoting Bible verses, singing camp fire songs and sharing pot luck dinners. What I have found are commands to love, to pray, to give, to influence and to serve.
But when the faces and names on TV are of strangers who live way outside your circle of influence, is it still possible to touch their lives? Can you still pray even when you don’t know the specifics of their situations?
Yes, you can! Here are five things you can pray for during any and every tragic news report that comes across your television or radio:
1. Praise God that He is bigger than the tragedy
2. Pray for the salvation of those involved
3. Pray that God would be glorified
4. Pray that He would work all things for good
5. Pray that the “workers” would be plentiful
You may be called to do more than pray for those you see on the news. God may prompt your heart to give or even to go and serve yourself. But praying for the people involved is the least we can do in these tragic circumstances.
Q: How do you pray when you see people on the news who are experiencing tragic situations?