Newspaper Prayers: Tuesday, January 30th

Headlines from the New York Times for Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Some Supporters Fear Trump Will Lose Hard Edge in State of Union Speech

“American carnage” appears to be out. Bipartisanship is in. And not everyone is happy about it.

When President Trump delivers his first State of the Union address on Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET, his most fervent supporters are anxious that he will squander the most high-profile moment of his presidency with a soft speech that bends more to the predilections of the political establishment in Washington and less to the populist army that sent him there to drain the swamp.

Mr. Trump has always veered between ideological extremes in his speeches: He railed against “American carnage” in his inaugural address last year, then gave a speech to a joint session of Congress a few weeks later that seemed restrained and conventional compared with the chaotic first weeks of his tenure. He has delivered partisan red meat at his campaign-style rallies, promising to rip up Nafta and demand better treatment for the United States around the world, but at a gathering of the globalist elite in Davos, Switzerland, last week, he spent most of his speech trumpeting the United States as a place to do business.

Stephen Miller, the president’s senior policy adviser, is in charge of writing this year’s address, which could foreshadow the inclusion of the kind of hard-edge, anti-immigrant language that was a hallmark of Mr. Miller’s speeches for Mr. Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.

But even so, the hard-line nationalist wing of Mr. Trump’s coalition is worried that he is about to go soft again — to reach for bipartisanship instead of ideological purity and talk about cooperation with Democrats when he should be attacking the corruption of Washington, especially in the immigration battle brewing in Congress.

(Read more of this article in the New York Times on-line.)

Readings from Proverbs for Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Proverbs 12.5-6 – The thoughts of the righteous are just; the advice of the wicked is treacherous. The words of the wicked are a deadly ambush, but the speech of the upright delivers them.

I can’t tell you the number of times that I have left a conversation and wished that I had or had not said something. Sometimes I simply say hurtful, stupid, or ego-centered things. Why do I resemble the “bad guys” in today’s Proverb?

Jesus gives the answer. He said, “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12.34). For my mouth to get it right, my heart has to be under the direction of God’s Spirit.

Prayers for Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Dear God, please change our hearts, so our speech will reflect your love.

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