A friend and I were talking about the constant bad news on TV……constant, constant. We talked about how unhealthy it was to hear this stuff so often. He said he dealt with it by praying when he heard a story; praying for the people involved, for America, for the situation…right in that spot, right on that subject he was feeling despondent over….prayed about it. He said it helped tremendously and I said I was going to share it with my readers on my Sunday Faith Blog…so here it is.
I like the idea: instead of getting so tied up in knots over the hideous situation in our country, pray for each subject you hear; it gets a little of the panic off of you (trust me) and it helps the situation. We get enough of that going on and who knows?
“Lord, we ask that you help those people affected by the horrible environmental tragedy in four states where the rivers are running with toxins….calm the people down, let justice be done when the truth about it is known.”
“Lord, we pray that Obama’s heart turns toward our country and away from all those he seems to prefer. We ask for patience on our parts that we are not hateful but cautious and careful when dealing with this administration. We pray that the truth be known and the lies dealt with.”
“God, things are really tough today on the news, it’s hard to watch as I see so much falling apart in this grand country I believe you founded. Keep me calm, keep me strong in my patriotism, don’t let me be overwhelmed.”
“Another (policeman or civilian) has been hurt, God, please be with him and his family. Let the truth be known and let the crowds stay calm. Take away the doubt and fear by the community and bring them together…be with them and restore respect for the law and safety for the citizens.”
Etc, etc…….I think this is better than the hate we so often feel watching television…which does nothing to those things we hate but makes us a wreck, let’s face it. I hope you have something to add to this subject and I would love to hear it. How can prayer HURT?
“Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin [is] a reproach to any people.” Proverbs 14:34
Have a Sunday where you step back and think of God before getting so wound up…..I’m going to try.
Thanks, Pete H., for this suggestion!