Newspaper Prayers: Wednesday, September 20th

Headlines from the New York Times for Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Mexico Earthquake, Hurricane Maria, and the United Nations

Praying people can choose one of the many headlines from current news stories. All of them are highly important. Please take time to be informed and please join me in asking for God’s grace and mercy to be effective in our world.

Readings from the Prophet Hosea for Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Hosea 8.12 – Though I write for him the multitude of my instructions, they are regarded as a strange thing.

This is an extremely true statement for people today. God has not written a multitude of instruction. Jesus gave to us a short statement of God’s instruction when he delivered the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). How would out world look if we didn’t regard Jesus’ teaching on the Sermon on the Mount as a strange thing?

Mahatma Gandhi sometimes only recited the Sermon on the Mount, when crowds came to hear him. At the same time Gandhi said, “I would have become a Christian, if it had not been for Christians.” Once again, it is good for us to ask ourselves, what would our world – our individual lives – look like if we took Jesus’ words seriously instead of viewing them as strange?

Prayers for Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Dear God, please help us to receive your instruction with utmost trust and corresponding faithfulness.

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