Newspaper Prayers: Monday, October 9th

Headlines from the New York Times for Monday, October 9, 2017

White House Makes Hard-Line Demands for Any ‘Dreamers’ Deal

The White House on Sunday delivered to Congress a long list of hard-line immigration measures that President Trump is demanding in exchange for any deal to protect the young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers, imperiling a fledgling bipartisan push to reach a legislative solution.

Before agreeing to provide legal status for 800,000 young immigrants brought here illegally as children, Mr. Trump will insist on the construction of a wall across the southern border, the hiring of 10,000 immigration agents, tougher laws for those seeking asylum and denial of federal grants to “sanctuary cities,” officials said.

The White House is also demanding the use of the E-Verify program by companies to keep illegal immigrants from getting jobs, an end to people bringing their extended family into the United States, and a hardening of the border against thousands of children fleeing violence in Central America. Such a move would shut down loopholes that encourage parents from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras to send their children illegally into the United States, where many of them melt into American communities and become undocumented immigrants.

Readings from the Prophet Joel for Monday, October 9, 2017

The book of the Prophet Joel was written between 835 and 800 BC. A swarm of locusts had devastated the country and thrust it into a seven-year famine.

One of my friends formerly lived in an African nation where a swarm of locusts devastated the country. She said that the locusts appeared as a black cloud, descended on the land, and literally left everything completely barren. The people would have starved without international aid. Such was the situation in Joel’s day, with the exception that there was no international aid in his day.

In the ancient world disasters prompted deep soul searching and repentance. According to a well-known Christian leader, Dr. Henry Blackaby, we are living in the only generation where disasters do not prompt such activity. I feel we would be wise to heed Joel’s admonition.

Joel 1.14 – Sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly. Gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land to the house of the Lord your God, and cry out to the Lord.

Prayers for Monday, October 9, 2017

Dear God, please help our nation and the world to return to you in faithful love and obedience.

Bob Spradlingplant-light-1-of-1

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