Newspaper Prayers: Tuesday, February 14th

Headlines from the New York Times for Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Michael Flynn Resigns as National Security Adviser – Michael T. Flynn, the national security adviser, resigned on Monday night after it was revealed that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other top White House officials about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

Angry Town Hall Meetings on Health Care Law, and Few Answers – Michelle Roelandts had a question for her congressman: If the Affordable Care Act and its premium subsidies were repealed, what would happen when her daughter turns 26 this year and needs to get her own health insurance while attending law school?

Representative Jim Sensenbrenner, a durable Wisconsin Republican who has served in the House since 1979, had little to offer in response. “If I could give you an answer today, I would, but I can’t,” Mr. Sensenbrenner said at a town-hall-style meeting on Saturday, where about 70 people packed a room at the Pewaukee Public Library.

Ms. Roelandts’s question and others like it are being asked with increasing anger and urgency across the country, and Republicans have found themselves on the defensive — for all their fury aimed at repealing the law, so far they have not agreed on an alternative.

Reading from Isaiah 8.1-15 for Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Isaiah 8.11-13 are the key verses in this section. Isaiah writes, “For the Lord spoke thus to me while his hand was strong upon me, and warned me not to walk in the way of this people, saying: ‘Do not call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and do not fear what it fears, or be in dread. But the Lord of hosts, him you shall regard as holy; let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.'”

Praying people need to intimately know both God’s nature and God’s will. What does it mean to fear the Lord? The “fear of the Lord” is best understood by the words of Deuteronomy, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might” (Deuteronomy 6.5).

People who love God are in the best position to represent his will in all of their dealings.

Prayer for February 14, 2017

Dear God, we ask you to help us to love you more. Please reveal your love for us in a very tangible way, so we can respond to you in love with our whole being. Please help the people who are praying the prophets and the headlines to pray from the position of knowing and doing your will. Please help those who have the responsibility of leading our government to operate out of love and trust in your guidance.

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