A ‘Mike’ for Christ focuses on purely spiritual and devotional topics. But I would be remiss to imply that current news is not spiritual or doesn’t require the attention of our faith. If anything, what we may never mention should always be interceded for.
The news in the last few months has been a hard bargain, from plane crashes and a dreadful Ebola outbreak to religious genocide and a tragic police encounter and its fallout.
Honestly, I don’t know how to pray about some issues, like these. I hope it’s easier for you, but some stories render me speechless.
For Our World, Mercy
When I first began my prayer life, prayer was impossible to me because I viewed myself as insignificant—“How can my prayer help that?” I don’t have that problem now; instead, it’s more a tactical dilemma. With recent matters, like ISIS’s utterly barbaric rampage against Christians and Yazidis, I’ve gotten overwhelmed.
So I often find myself praying the way a professor explained to my class: “Lord, ______ in thy mercy.” It’s the Kyrie, eleison prayer, basically. “Lord, have mercy.”
Sometimes situations will be unclear, we’ll be powerless to help, and our only reliance will be on those mysterious groans the Holy Spirit produces. It’s in those moments, however, that we can plead for mercy, certainly in times like now.