Recent media has been filled with earthquakes, ferry disasters, cultural changes… Watching and reading the news is an opportunity for despair, or prayer. How can we intercede in such trying times?

Listen to Susie’s discussion with veteran reporter Craig von Buseck. Craig helps us to answer that question and talk about his book, Praying the News. Craig says, we can train ourselves to respond in faith and prayer instead of fear and anger when we see the culture turning from God and embracing sinful practices. He and Susie explore the practice and purpose of intercessory prayer:

How to pray the Word.
What happened when a couple felt prompted to pray for New York right before 9/11.
What it means for the harvest to be plenty but the workers to be few.
The authority we have in Christ to pray against evil and turn back forces of darkness.
Why the Lord’s Prayer is such a powerful tool in the life of a Christian.

Susie encourages every believer to pray with a heart that is humble but bold – the temptation is to rise up against those who are hostile to our faith and eager to affirm unbiblical principles. Scripture says our battle is not against the people around us who don’t know Christ – we’re ambassadors of the gospel and we need to share it! Rather, our enemy is Satan, the accuser of men, who actively works to steal joy, break marriages, and crush Christian hope. Craig says, pray with humility but courage, and pray God’s Word back to Him. “Use the news as a way to encourage your prayer walk with the Lord.”

Key Scriptures: 2 Chronicles 7:14; Psalm 84:5-7; Matthew 6:9-13; 2 Corinthians 5:16-20

Theme Song: Glorious Unfolding by Steven Curtis Chapman

This program originally aired on January 10.

Highlight : Praying over world events

Praying over world events

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