The Chinese government so far has evacuated almost 40 million people from the threatened areas. That’s a small fraction of the people in danger.
Back when China had an emperor, natural disasters were seen as a sign that the emperor had lost the Mandate of Heaven and needed to be replaced. If there is such a thing as a Mandate of Heaven, I doubt the Chinese Communist Party ever had it. But it would not be strange if any failure of the dam were laid squarely at the government’s door by the Chinese people. The government ran the dam up in record time, ignoring safety and quality concerns, so they could display it as a triumph of communism.
I hate communism, it is an accursed relic of the 20th century, and it ought to be expunged from the earth. Nevertheless, the people of China need our prayers.
O Lord our God! Have mercy on the Chinese people, who have suffered much from their own evil government and now stand in peril of destruction. Many of them don’t know you, Lord; but many of them do. Hear them when they call upon your name! Save them out of this danger; and may the whole world see, and know, that you have done it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Please join me in prayer for a sweet little baby who was born prematurely and must overcome terrible obstacles to stay alive. The baby boy is the grandson of my friend and mentor, Martin Selbrede, one of the Chalcedon Foundation’s board of directors. We’ve seen pictures of this child and you could never tell there was anything wrong with him. He has a smile that this poor fallen world needs.
O Lord our God! In Jesus’ name, and by the power of Jesus’ name, we pray for the life of this baby boy, Martin Selbrede’s grandson. Please, Father–bring him safely through all his dangerous trials, and let him grow up to be a good and godly man. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Please join me in prayer for Rev. Mark Rushdoony, Chalcedon’s president, who recently injured himself in a fall off a ladder. He’s in considerable pain just now, and needs our prayers.
And we need him! He is a champion in the front ranks of our cause, and we can ill afford to spare him.
O Lord our God! Have mercy on your servant, Mark Rushdoony, and be swift to heal him. Please, Father, he needs your help–and we thank you that he wasn’t hurt worse than he was. Please, Lord, in Jesus’ name, heal your servant. Bless him and protect him. Amen.
Well, how about this! After the WordPress happiness engineers gave up on my case yesterday afternoon (“Probably a browser problem, can’t fix it from our end”)–like, just a couple of hours afterward–I was attempting to post a cat video. Several difficulties arose.
And then, suddenly, as if by magic–my whole site went back to normal! Suddenly I didn’t have to log in every time I wanted to move from one page to another. Suddenly I had my “Edit” function back–along with the “My Site” button and the little bell to alert me to messages.
I contacted WordPress again to ask them if they’d done something that they hadn’t thought of while they were giving up, and they were honest enough not to take credit for it.
Could it be your prayers? A few of you, you told me, prayed for my computer problems to cease and desist.
What can I say? It sure looked like the answer to a prayer.
It’s time to write my Newswithviews column. I’d appreciate your prayers.
America is playing with fire and just might burn her house down. On second thought, let’s pray for our country.
O Father in Heaven, we call upon your name to save us because I don’t think our nation’s leaders can. Maybe they won’t. Our sin is not only wicked, but altogether foolish: we have gained nothing by it. Save us not for our sakes, but for your own great name’s sake, so that the world may know you are the Lord.
May our work be fruitful in your service. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
O Lord our God, we are in a bad way and we won’t get through this evil time without your help. The wicked run wild, convinced their time has come and that they can win by crime and violence, lies and subterfuge, what they could never gain by lawful means.
Is this how America is to be governed from now on–with rioting, rage, and tyranny?
We have sinned, both wickedly and foolishly, and who could blame you if you turned your back on us? We have followed not only false prophets, but insane and foolish prophets, too, and gained nothing by it but trouble. Nevertheless we call upon your name, we plead for your protection.
Exert your strength on us, O Lord, and pull us back from the brink of self-destruction. Open our minds, open our hearts, and bring us to our senses. Lead us through the door of national repentance and turn us, O God: turn us back to you, and cause your face to shine; and then we shall be saved.