Weekly Devotional 010824

Praying the Headlines

by Jane Josephs

“You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed.” –Matt. 24:6

Several of my friends tell me they don’t watch news programs or read about current events anymore. I understand! The headlines are filled with what Jesus called “end time” trouble—wars, rumors of wars, famines, and earthquakes.

Every generation since Jesus sounded his warning has had its share of problems. Throw in the frequency with which we’re now experiencing natural disasters, the wars in Israel and Ukraine, the recent COVID-19 pandemic, and the threat of nuclear weapons. I happen to think we’re living closer to the time of Jesus’ return than ever.

But rather than ignore the headlines, I find myself praying them every morning; inviting the guidance of the Holy Spirit in choosing my words. I especially love researching Scripture to pray, believing as I do that God’s Word will never return empty but will achieve the purpose for which He sent it (Is. 55:11).

We have a choice about how we spend our time, and I would never suggest that we spend it constantly watching and reading the news. But if you believe as I do that prayer changes things, have a go at the headlines with me. By God’s grace we could help usher in the next great revival!

Dear Lord, one day You will come again! Every knee will bow and every tongue will acknowledge that You are Lord. Until that day may You find us faithful in prayer, trusting in Your love and justice. Amen.

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