John, Paul and Doves,
I do believe that there is a tendency to shut out the news .. it is all so deplorable.
If it truly bothers a person, it's best to concentrate on something else.
Yet, for the rest of us, we must watch unto prayer :
"What I say onto you, I say unto all, watch " Mark 13: 37 .
( as did Gideon's chosen men kept a watch on the horizon in Judges 6: 5 + 7 )
And also we are told to " watch unto prayer " in 1 Peter 4:7.
Satan is trying to wear down the patience of the saints. He wants us to feel helpless amidst world turmoil.
But in fact, our prayers are the most powerful weapon in the arsenals of heaven.
In Rev. 8: 3--5, an angel takes the mighty censer of prayers from the saints, and offers it upon the very altar of God Almighty, and the smoke of the ardor of the saints come before God and bring changes upon the earth.
"God is still on the throne and prayer changes things".
Many times I get overwhelmed by the news and I need to withdraw for a time and catch my spiritual breath.
There's a famous poem with a line that says : " Rest if you must, but don't you quit ".
The most depressing news to me is the advancement of Islam and Sharia Law in the nations of the earth and we all know it is just a matter of time before America is taken over by Sharia Law and the beheadings.
I try to steer clear of the negativity of all that news and instead pray for the conversion of Moslems to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. If every Christian prayed for the conversion of Moslems each day ...and if those prayers saved one Moslem per prayer each day, we would have an overturning of the " clash of civilizations", which is actually spiritual warfare for TRUTH.
Men may spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our arguments,
despise our persons...................But they are helpless against our prayers"
Bottom line : Let's keep our eyes off of the evil, and pray for the good, instead.
We are to think on those things that pertain to truth, that is of a good report and that is praise worthy--
Philippians 4: 8.
Let us be anxious for nothing, but rather turn to God in prayer, with thanksgiving, for all of our requests.
If we do that then the peace which passes all understanding will enter into our very being. Philippians 4:6 and 7.
Thank you Paul for bringing this up.