Newspaper Prayers: Tuesday, February 7th

The Headlines from the New York Times for Tuesday, February 7, 2017

1. I’m Pro-Life, and Pro-Refugee – Evangelical, Scott Arbeiter, is the president of World Relief. He writes: “Since 1980, three million refugees have been resettled in the United States. In that time not one has taken the life of an American in an act of terrorism. The conservative Cato Institute estimates that the likelihood of an individual American being killed in an act of terrorism committed by a refugee is one in 3.64 billion a year. Somehow it does not feel truly and fully pro-life to be unwilling to give up one-3.64 billionth of my security to make room for someone bombed out of their city, someone who is homeless, cold and unwelcomed.”

2. Fueled by Bribes, Somalia’s Election Seen as Milestone of Corruption – As we pray God’s word, we remember that God is God of the entire world. There are powerful, not-so-helpful forces at work in Somalia.

Here’s a quote: “But according to diplomats, the Emirates and Qatar are backing different candidates here in a rivalry over the Muslim Brotherhood, while Egypt and Ethiopia are supporting different candidates because of their duel over the Nile. And Sudan is supporting certain political figures to keep its access to Somali intelligence services, which also work with the C.I.A. That way, analysts said, Sudan could spy on what the Americans in Somalia were doing.”

Reading from Isaiah 5.18-25 for Tuesday, February 7, 2017

What is the result of a people’s refusal to live in obedience to God’s nature? This behavior belies an underlying belief that God is not really active in the world and that humans are better able to determine what is really right and wrong than God.

John Oswalt (Commentary on Isaiah) provides insightful thoughts on this passage. He writes, “The people had been so intoxicated with the quest for pleasure that they had become insensitive to God’s workings in the world.”

The insensitivity of culture to God’s character and behavior leads a people to behave as Isaiah describes in 5.20-21. It is tragic that human reasoning is used to twist good into evil and darkness to light. A culture that is wise in its own eyes tragically substitutes mere human ability for the all-knowing wisdom of God.

Isaiah 5.20-21 – Ah, you who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! 21 Ah, you who are wise in your own eyes, and shrewd in your own sight!

Prayer for February 7, 2017

Dear God, in an ocean of difficulties and troubles, please give world leaders the insight to depend on you for solutions. Please give praying people the ability to connect with you for the sake of your creation. Please come to the aid of the helpless and the vulnerable of the earth.

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