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A Troubling Week for the World—Specific things to pray (and work) for from January 17-23

Matthew Ruttan

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I once knew someone who would say, “Things are in a state.” Well my friends, that is definitely true in these ides of January 2021.

Followers of Jesus believe that prayer works. The Bible tells us so, including Jesus. This is what Oswald Chambers was getting at when he wrote, “Prayer is not preparation for the work; it is the work.” In other words, it makes an impact on things that actually happen.

This goes hand in hand, of course, with living differently as a result of our prayers—with trying to advance God’s good causes—as Chambers himself would have argued. In this spirit, the martyred Thomas More said: “The things, good Lord, that we pray for, give us the grace to labour for.”

1. The American Inauguration

The inauguration of Joe Biden as President of the United States occurs on January 20th. I’ve heard rumblings of…

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