Newspaper Prayers: Monday, April 24th

Headlines from the New York Times for Monday, April 24, 2017

China’s Leader Urges Restraint on North Korea in Call With Trump – China’s president, Xi Jinping, has urged President Trump to show restraint toward North Korea despite signs that the North may be preparing a nuclear test. Mr. Xi made the appeal in a phone call with Mr. Trump on Monday that reflected growing alarm over North Korea’s plans, which could tip the region into crisis.

The phone conversation, on Monday morning in Beijing, came after Mr. Trump had already used a meeting with Mr. Xi in Florida, a follow-up phone call, interviews and Twitter messages to press Mr. Xi to do more to deter North Korea from holding additional nuclear and missile tests. The United States and its allies have been on alert for another atomic test by the North.

In the latest call, the third between the two leaders, Mr. Xi indicated to Mr. Trump that China opposed any such test by North Korea, but he also nudged Mr. Trump to avoid a tit-for-tat response to the North’s fiery threats, according to a report on Chinese television.

Readings from Isaiah 45.18-19 for Monday, April 24, 2017

Our world may be in chaos, but God is not the author of chaos. Neither is he controlled by chaos. His word can be relied upon to be what is accurate.

Isaiah 45.18-19 – For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens (he is God!), who formed the earth and made it (he established it; he did not create it a chaos, he formed it to be inhabited!): I am the Lord, and there is no other. I did not speak in secret, in a land of darkness; I did not say to the offspring of Jacob, “Seek me in chaos.” I the Lord speak the truth, I declare what is right.

Prayers for Monday, April 24, 2017

Dear God, in our chaotic world you alone speak truth and declare what is right. Please help our world to emerge from the chaos that we have created.

Bob Spradlingrose-quote

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