Newspaper Prayers: Wednesday, April 19th

Headlines from NPR News for Wednesday, April 19, 2017

First DREAMer Protected By Deferred Action Program Is Deported – A young man brought to this country by his parents and granted protection from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is back in his native Mexico after being deported by U.S. officials in February, according to the National Immigration Law Center.

The center has released a statement saying Juan Manuel Montes is suing the U.S. government for documents explaining why he was deported. “Juan Manuel was funneled across the border without so much as a piece of paper to explain why or how,” said attorney Nora A. Preciado.

Montes, 23, is believed to be the first DACA recipient to be deported despite suggestions by President Trump that he would show compassion to the so-called Dreamers and had backed away from campaign promises to end the program initiated under President Barack Obama.

Readings from Isaiah 43.22-24 for Wednesday, April 19, 2017

God has never needed the objects of worship, whether they are sacrifices of sheep or money. He doesn’t need our prayer, either. However, we desperately need to revere and worship him. Our lives are abundantly benefited by prayer. The tragedy of these verses is that the people of God talk more about prayer and worship than they practice it. May the people who read this article engage in these two wonderful gifts from God – worship and prayer.

Isaiah 43.22-24 – Yet you did not call upon me, O Jacob; but you have been weary of me, O Israel! You have not brought me your sheep for burnt offerings, or honored me with your sacrifices. I have not burdened you with offerings, or wearied you with frankincense. You have not bought me sweet cane with money, or satisfied me with the fat of your sacrifices. But you have burdened me with your sins; you have wearied me with your iniquities.

Prayers for Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Dear God, we live in troubled times. Please help those who believe in prayer to spend time in prayer on behalf of all people – especially the vulnerable and oppressed.

Bob Spradlingrose-quote

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