Newspaper Prayers: Thursday March 23rd

Headlines from the New York Times for Thursday, March 23, 2017

Deadly Attack Near U.K. Parliament; Car Plows Victims on Westminster Bridge – A knife-wielding assailant driving a sport utility vehicle mowed down panicked pedestrians and stabbed a police officer outside Parliament on Wednesday in a deadly assault, prompting the hasty evacuation of the prime minister and punctuating the threat of terrorism in Europe.

At least four people, including the assailant, were killed and at least 40 others injured in the confusing swirl of violence, which the police said they assumed had been “inspired by international terrorism.” It appeared to be the most serious such assault in London since the deadly subway bombings more than a decade ago.

Readings from Isaiah 30.19-22 for Thursday, March 23, 2017

These verses from Isaiah demonstrate what can be expected when God reveals his grace.

Isaiah 30.19-22 – Truly, O people in Zion, inhabitants of Jerusalem, you shall weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when he hears it, he will answer you. Though the Lord may give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself any more, but your eyes shall see your Teacher. And when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left, your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Then you will defile your silver-covered idols and your gold-plated images. You will scatter them like filthy rags; you will say to them, “Away with you!”

One of my best friends is a recovering drug addict. He tells the story of being rejected by his mother. She said, “If you don’t get off of my porch, I’m calling the police.” My friend often says that this was the both the best and the worst day of his life. His mother’s actions of tough love were the turning point in his long-term addiction. He entered treatment and because very serious about working the Twelve Steps. Over the past five years since that day, he has helped a large number of persons to sobriety. He is well employed and a leader at our church.

The above verses are like my friend’s experience. When society, drunk on it’s own self-will, hits bottom, God is waiting to give them life. When people reach a humble and teachable state of mind we are finally able to hear God’s whispered words of direction. We will freely throw away our idols – substitutes for God – relationships, security, power, money, body image, etc. They are no longer needed. We find there is truly a spiritual solution to our needs – God.

Prayers for Thursday, March 23, 2017

God, I offer myself to Thee To build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy love & Thy way of life. May I do Thy will always. (AA Third Step Prayer)

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