Newspaper Prayers: Thursday, April 20th

Headlines from the New York Times for Thursday, April 20, 2017

Meet the Foreign Tech Workers Left in Limbo by Trump – They are app makers, they are podcasters, and they are also H-1B visa holders — possibly putting them at risk from the president’s immigration policies.

At dawn in California’s Bay Area, the river of commuters begins to flow. It is filled with the people who help make our smartphones, our favorite games, the apps we download.

But many have also come to make something else, perhaps — a new life in America.

These are just a few of the 85,000 people who come to work at American companies from as far away as India and China on H-1B visas, which are granted to highly skilled workers from overseas. Many, like Kaushik Gopal, land jobs at technology firms that have struggled to find enough American citizens with advanced math and science skills to fill their cubicles.

Often, they hope to call the United States home.

Readings from Isaiah 44.1-3 for Thursday, April 20, 2017

What separates the Hebrew-Christian faith from other world religions? The fact that God is personal is one great distinction. He is a personal being with whom people can have a genuine relationship. Another distinction with world religions is the promise from God to literally put his Spirit in human beings. The promise of God’s Spirit in Isaiah’s day was realized through the work of Jesus Christ and the gift of the Spirit on the Day of Pentecost (See Acts 2).

Isaiah 44.1-3 – “But now listen, O Jacob, My servant, And Israel, whom I have chosen: Thus says the Lord who made you and formed you from the womb, who will help you, ‘Do not fear, O Jacob My servant; and you Jeshurun whom I have chosen. ‘For I will pour out water on the thirsty land And streams on the dry ground; I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring and My blessing on your descendants…

Note,  Jeshurun is a term of endearment from God to Jerusalem.

Prayers for Thursday, April 20, 2017

Dear God, we pray for your Spirit to immerse all praying persons. May your Spirit inspire, empower and direct our prayers for the world.

Bob Spradlingrose-quote

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