Abba Father, we seek Your face this morning on our knees…realizing that nothing in our hands we bring, but only to the cross we cling. We have no platitudes to offer, because they are mere words anyway. We bow our HEARTS instead, recognizing our complete and desperate need for You.
As always, I pray that those who call You Lord that work in media would step out from the shadows, and affirm their beliefs through what they say and do. I pray that You would raise up an army of young people with a desire to bring Your Gospel, Your love, and Your values into the marketplace of ideas. And I pray that the amazing potential of television, the radio, the internet, film, social and print media, would be used to proclaim truth and life, rather than perpetuate a growing, creeping culture of death.
For indeed, the floodgates of filth are open, Father. Things said and done in the name of entertainment that sicken us, and break Your heart. The battle to win the ratings war, sell tickets, or peddle papers is now little more than a race to the bottom of the pit. Programming is created, not to uplift and inspire, but to demean and destroy. Blogs and columns are designed to eviscerate and obliterate reputations and careers. We could—and do--pray for every person involved in producing and marketing the endless pool of sewage we wallow through every day…but there are greater concerns.
So, we pray that—as consumers—Christian hearts and minds would be protected from the harmful swill in our media. May we seek discernment through Your Holy Spirit…and may we learn to run like Joseph from the seductions of this world, as they pursue us through our TV screens, car speakers, and iPhones. May our children’s innocent hearts and minds be protected from a system that carelessly seeks to devour them, from the moment they awake to the time we tuck them into bed. And finally, may we learn to seek the lasting joy of the Lord over the momentary distractions of the flesh, that our God would be glorified forever…in Jesus’ Name…Amen!
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About Mark Daniels
Mark Daniels is a broadcasting veteran of more than 30 years, and currently serves as the Programming and Marketing Manager of WFIL/WNTP in Philadelphia. His daily talk show and On the Mark commentaries have consistently won top honors from the PA Association of Broadcasters, as well as past awards from the Philadelphia Press Association, Excellence in Media, and others. Daniels serves as host of the nationally-syndicated Christian ministry program, The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Montgomery Boice. He is a church elder and Bible conference president. Mark Daniels can be heard weekdays at 4pm ET on www.wfil.com, and The Mark Daniels Show can be seen weekly on WBPH-TV 60 (WBPH.org).
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