Forerunner: Preparing Christians for the Kingdom of God

Should We Pray for the World? (September-October 2002)

September-October 2002
Volume 11, Number 8

A great deal of human suffering exists in the world, and some of those who suffer are our neighbors. We feel their anguish and despair--but is it right for Christians to pray for them? (Reuters)

Personal from John W. Ritenbaugh
The Elements of Motivation (Part Four):

Understanding our obligation to Christ leads to a deeply held, personal loyalty to Him. John Ritenbaugh explains that our redemption by means of Christ's sacrifice should make us strive to please Him in every facet of life.

Ready Answer
Should We Pray for the World?

by Staff

Some in the church believe that Christians should not pray for those in the world because of a few verses in Jeremiah. However, the bulk of the Bible shows just the opposite! Only when God has determined He will not relent will prayers for them be ineffective.

Prophecy Watch
Sky Like Iron, Earth Like Bronze

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Just about half of the continental United States suffers under severe drought conditions. And lack of water is not the only thing we need to worry about. Richard Ritenbaugh warns that such "acts of God" should make us take note.

Strange Women (Part Three)
by David C. Grabbe

The two strange women of Revelation 17 and 18 hold cups, trying to entice us to drink of their way of life. However, Christ urges us to drink of His cup. David Grabbe explains that we must choose one or the other.


by David C. Grabbe

News, events, and trends of the world in light of biblical prophecy for September-October 2002.

Bible Study
Parables of the Millstone and the Lost Sheep

by Martin G. Collins

These two parables are linked because they are the answers to the disciples' question, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" Jesus' answer explains the value He places on those who follow Him.