Newspaper Prayers: Monday, October 2nd

Headlines from the New York Times for Monday, October 2, 2017

There are two headlines today that call us to pray.

Las Vegas Shooting Near Mandalay Bay Casino Kills More Than 50

A gunman firing from a Las Vegas hotel rained a rapid-fire barrage on a huge outdoor concert festival on Sunday night, sending thousands of people fleeing until SWAT units found and killed him. More than 50 victims died, and at least 200 others were wounded, officials said, making it one of the deadliest mass shootings in United States history.

Puerto Rico Is Getting a Surge of Aid, Governor Says

A surge of fuel and food supplies and federal government personnel has begun to arrive in Puerto Rico, the governor of the storm-battered island said Sunday morning.

Gov. Ricardo A. Rosselló told reporters that over the next two days, more than half a million barrels of diesel fuel and nearly a million barrels of gasoline would reach Puerto Rico. The fuel is badly needed to power emergency generators and to distribute food and other supplies across the island.

Readings from the Prophet Hosea for Monday, October 2, 2017

Dr. Henry Blackaby visited China, following years of oppression by the government. One Chinese Christian said to Blackaby, “I believe the Chinese have fared better under persecution than America has managed under prosperity.”

God spoke through Hosea the same basic message as this Christian leader. Prosperity tempts us to pride, to satisfaction and to the forgetting of God.

Hosea 13.4-6 – Yet I have been the Lord your God ever since the land of Egypt; you know no God but me, and besides me there is no savior. It was I who fed you in the wilderness, in the land of drought. When I fed them, they were satisfied; they were satisfied, and their heart was proud; therefore they forgot me.

Prayers for Monday, October 2, 2017

Dear God, we pray your grace and care for the people in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean islands, and Las Vegas.

Bob Spradlinghand-sunlight-1-of-1

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