Daily Headlines Lead to Deeper Prayer by Nate Adams

Daily headlines are stirring Nate Adams to deeper prayer over “a declining morality in our culture that seems more and more widely accepted.” But it’s not just a matter of “God, help them,” the Illinois Baptist leader writes. It’s also “Help us. Help me.”

Today’s headlines are driving me frequently to deeper and more desperate prayer.

Many of us probably whisper something like “God help them” when we see a tragedy reported on the news. But I’m not primarily referring to headlines about a natural disaster or a rare, heinous crime by an isolated evil person.

The headlines driving me to deeper prayer are those that reveal a declining morality in our culture that seems more and more widely accepted.

My main dose of these headlines usually comes in the early morning while I’m exercising in front of the TV. As I flip from one news channel to another, I more and more regularly see behaviors, lifestyles and decisions that would have been considered shameful or scandalous a generation ago. Now they are reported as progressive, or even normal. And the proud spokespeople for many of these decadent trends are interviewed by often-adoring news anchors as if they were the civil rights voices of today.

I often find myself asking “Help them, help us, help me.”

Unrestricted freedom of individual choice, preference and expression seem to have become idols in American culture today. Just the other day, a story and its follow-up interview so shocked and deflated me that I moaned out loud, “Oh God, help them!”

“Help them to see the deception they have bought into, and the damage they are doing, and the long-term consequences of the sinful lifestyle they are advocating, both to themselves and to others. Convict them of sin, God, and show them the same mercy and grace that You show me when You convict me of my sin.”

But as the disturbing interview went on, I also found my prayer deepening.

“Yes, God, help them, but also help us! Your Gospel had no voice in that headline, and your church had no spokesperson in that panel discussion. Interviewer and interviewee alike just presented that issue totally void of biblical perspective or truth. God, don’t let that happen! Don’t let millions of viewers gradually learn to accept that position as true and normative. Give Your truth a voice through Your people!”

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SOURCE: Baptist Press
Nate Adams is executive director of the Illinois Baptist State Association. This column first appeared at the Illinois Baptist (www.ibsa.org/illinoisbaptist), newsjournal of the Illinois Baptist State Association.