A prayer for November 9th

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The 24/7 news cycle has become a constant noise machine that every hour on the hour proclaims the world is a mess. The reporting on the election continues this theme. One thing you won’t hear is that God can be trusted and the real solutions to the nation’s problems are not political in nature. You won’t hear the expert analysts say what is really needed is that the country must turn to God in repentance and faith.

But that’s okay. You don’t need cable news anchors to tell you who is in control of all the seeming chaos. You already know that who that is! Here is a prayer to pray with your family on November 9th. It is also a good prayer for November 10th! It is modeled on the prayer Jesus taught to his disciples in Matthew 6.

“Dear Father, we need your help this day. Our world is a mess. But you are holy and worthy of our praise.  We ask that your kingdom will come with power to our family, our lives, our country and our world.  There are many things that trouble us. There are threats of war, disease, terrorism and unrest. We pray that you will be in charge of all these things, large and small, just as you are in heaven.

Father, we ask you give us what need to live this day. We ask that you forgive our sins and that we may, in love, forgive those who sin against us.

Keep us from fear and worry. Help us to rest in your good care for us. Keep us safe from the evil we see each day.

Give our family peace this day so that we may know joy in obeying you, even when it is hard. Give us the courage to live out the good news of the gospel. Thank you that we can be together as a family. Thank you for Jesus.  It is in his name that we pray. Amen.”

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.