News reports: prompting prayer for the world

With the increasingly instant impact of the news media, it is understandable why the world is often described as a global village. At times it seems we know more about problems occurring in far corners of the globe than the difficulties facing our next-door neighbor.

Clearly it's important how we respond to the information we receive through the media. Sometimes we may be tempted to feel overwhelmed by events or to conclude that there is no solution to world problems.

Long before the arrival of television and satellites, the prophet Elijah had similar feelings. He had actually been involved in attempting to change the direction his nation was heading in. His "reward" for these efforts was the threat of assassination from Queen Jezebel. The book of First Kings in the Bible relates how the prophet's despair ran so deep that he fled into the wilderness and prayed to die (see chap. 19).

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December 4, 1995

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