What is God's Heart for Your City? Day 9
What is God’s Heart for the Media and Arts?
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. - Genesis 1:1
“Art never stops speaking, it never stops revealing. If it’s true, then like anything God has made in nature, we are constantly hearing his voice in things created.” – Jeffrey Overstreet
Just as a sunrise can proclaim joy at the beginning of a new day, or the sound of water lapping the shores can soothe and quiet a troubled soul at the end of a day- the arts are another way God speaks to us and through us. Poetic prose, paint on canvas, or notes on a favorite instrument allow us to express the inexpressible depths of pain, sorrow, joy, hope and love. Art is a gift that is given from above- from the Great Artist Himself- to draw us closer and allows us to enter a richer, more meaningful language of praise and reflect God’s love to others.
Starting off the year, it is important to remember to pray for all artists, musicians, actors, journalists and writers who measure the pulse of our collective society’s heartbeat. I recently heard a musician on a local radio station who was singing so profoundly—confessing a wrong he had committed in a relationship, in such a clear an honest way, that I stopped the car and just listened. Searching for truth, meaning and beauty and expressing what is found- that is art.
Pray today that honesty, truth and integrity will be found in our local and national media.
That the truth would be communicated in love. 2 Timothy 2:25 “Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth”.
That the media would fairly represent the truth. Proverbs 18:17 “In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right, until someone comes forward and cross-examines.”
Against an outrage culture fueled by media and the arts.
That people would find a love of truth, and discern against false witness and fabrication.
Pray for believing artists, musicians, painters, actors, writers, authors, performers- that they will use their talents to further reveal and reflect the wonders of God.
Pray for ALL artists- that their creation will draw them closer to the Creator. Pray for specific artists in your community who bring excellence to the community.
Pray for specific contributors to media (bloggers you follow; anchors, DJs, whom you admire)- that they will use their platforms to lift up rather than tear down.
-Nathan A. Ryan