Making the pledge to pray for our world – 40 days and 40 nights

In my last post I wrote about the comfort I took from a ginger Miss I met during my lunchtime walk. And I alluded to our troubled world.

I am an avowed news junkie. There’s a lot going on and I’ve been obsessing over it. It can create a lot of anxiety.

Consider what is happening:

  • For the last two weeks numerous countries in the Middle East have been rocked with violent protests directed towards our country. In the course of things an ambassador, two ex-Navy SEALS and the information management officer were murdered in a terrorist attack. Our government’s response has been troubling.
  • Violent protests are not limited to the Middle East. People in Spain and Greece, desperate for work and dependent on the government for sustenance are reacting against austerity measures needed so that their governments can continue to receive bailout assistance from the Central Bank.
  • And then there’s Israel and Iran and the threat of the latter obtaining nuclear weapons. Just this week at the UN, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran vowed yet again to destroy Israel. Israel, surrounded by enemies (Egypt becoming the latest) finds itself in a catch-22: do nothing, and Iran does the unthinkable: obtain nuclear weapons. Attack, and World War III could break out.
  • Here at home, we are 40+ days away from the most important election probably since the Civil War. The country is polarized, the economy is in a dire state, and many do not trust what they hear neither from the government nor from the media.

I feel like I’m living in the Twilight Zone.

I half expect Rod Serling to appear on my TV set at any moment!

Turning to prayer

For the last several days I’ve had a sense that believers need to turn to God in prayer for guidance during these troubled times. In my Catholic tradition, we pray something called a novena, a series of prayers said daily for several days in succession. Usually it’s nine or forty days.

Today while listening to commentator Glenn Beck, I learned of a challenge he had put forth:

Take the Pledge – 40 Days/40 Nights.

He was proposing exactly what I was thinking: pray for our country and our world during the next 40+ days leading up to the election.

All you have to do is fill out a simple form on the website to take the pledge.

Then you determine how you will pray.

I have taken the pledge and will be praying a simple prayer:

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

It takes just a few minutes to pray and the repetitive nature acts like a chant or mantra. It focuses on the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross for the salvation of the world.

You can click here to find the prayers for The Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

The Tehillim

Since the Jewish state of Israel is under such duress, I searched for prayers said by those of the Jewish faith in time of trouble. The Holy Sparks website offers a collection of psalms with the following explanation:

In times of trouble, the first defense of the Jewish people is to say selected Psalms together. As the situation grows more acute in Israel and around the world, a call has been issued calling for the daily recitation of Tehillim (Psalms) by every Jew, of every background and affiliation, specifically, Psalms 20, 83, 121, 130 and 142.”

You can visit The Holy Sparks website if you wish to join in solidarity with Jews around the world to pray for God’s mercy.

The world is in big trouble. The solutions are most likely beyond mere human solutions. If there was ever a time the world needed God, it is now.

Won’t you join with me in 40 days of prayer for our world?

Come and take the pledge.

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