Whatever your thoughts about the media in this day and age, the men and women who bring us our news and commentary every day are in desperate need of prayer. It has become increasingly difficult to be relevant and still hold to the truth and to unbiased reporting of the events of our day. Everything has become so politically charged and sensationalism and one-upsmanship has become the norm. Here are some powerful prayer points to guide your prayers for our national media:
- Pray for truth to be an established standard in our news media. “In your majesty ride forth victoriously in the cause of truth, humility and justice; let your right hand achieve awesome deeds” (Ps. 45:4).
- Pray that media bias will be replaced by fairness. “The King is mighty, he loves justice—you have established equity; in Jacob you have done what is just and right” (Ps. 99:4).
- “Do you rulers indeed speak justly? Do you judge people with equity” (Ps. 58:1)?
- Ask that Christianity will receive fair coverage in all reports. “Have I not written thirty sayings for you, sayings of counsel and knowledge, teaching you to be honest and to speak the truth, so that you bring back truthful reports to those you serve” (Prov. 22:20–21)?
–adapted from With One Cry: A Renewed Challenge to Pray for America by David Butts. This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
Praise God for his non-condemning attitude (Jn. 8:10-11), which gives you hope when you fail. Give thanks for help in seeing the “plank” in your own eyes before looking at the “specks” in another’s (Mt. 7:3). Confess the many times you judge by appearance rather than by facts (Jn. 7:24). Commit yourself to God’s judgment (1 Cor. 11:32), and be disciplined by him, learning from your mistakes (Heb. 12:10-11). Ask God to help you learn from other’s judgments of you.
Pray that your loving and nonjudgmental attitude toward one who has wronged you will give you opportunity to present Christ to that person, realizing God will bring every deed into judgment (Eccl. 12:14).
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