Newspaper Prayers: Thursday, February 9th

Headlines from the New York Times for Thursday, February 9, 2017

Supreme Court Nominee Calls Trump’s Attacks on Judiciary ‘Demoralizing’ – Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, privately expressed dismay on Wednesday over Mr. Trump’s increasingly aggressive attacks on the judiciary, calling the president’s criticism of independent judges “demoralizing” and “disheartening.”

She Showed Up Yearly to Meet Immigration Agents. Now They’re Deporting Her. – For eight years, Guadalupe García de Rayos had checked in at the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement office here, a requirement since she was caught using a fake Social Security number during a raid in 2008 at a water park where she worked.

Every year since then, she has walked in and out of the meetings after a brief review of her case and some questions.

But not this year.

On Wednesday, immigration agents arrested Ms. Rayos, 35, and began procedures to send her back to Mexico, a country she has not seen since she left it 21 years ago.

Readings from Isaiah 6.9-13 for Thursday, February 9, 2017

What happens to a person or a nation when the disease of pride and rebellion has gone so deeply that they will simply misperceive the truth of what they hear? There are few more tragic words than Isaiah 6.9-13. Isaiah is told that he will not be a successful preacher, whose words would lead to healing and health. Instead, his words will further confirm people in the blindness of their already established ways.

Isaiah 6.10 – Make the mind of this people dull, and stop their ears, and shut their eyes, so that they may not look with their eyes, and listen with their ears, and comprehend with their minds, and turn and be healed.”

God told Isaiah that his faithful presentation of the truth would not result in an admission of guilt and a turning to God by the people. Rather, it would bring about a more adamant refusal to recognize need.

What can heal except God’s truth? However, when people refuse the truth and hold tightly to their own best thinking, God permits them to experience the consequences of their own action. In this case we become less understanding than farm animals (see Isaiah 1.2-3).

Prayers for February 9, 2017

Dear God, we draw back in alarm from the serious words of Isaiah 6.9-13. We ask for mercy from you and pray that you soften our hearts. May individuals and nations be able to hear your instruction and follow it. We surrender our own best thinking today and ask you to show us what is the direction you desire for us take. Please grant us the grace to hear and do your will.

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