Today we pray for China’s space program. Two major announcements have been made recently from the program. First, China’s second space station, Tiangong 2, was recently successfully launched. Its first inhabitants are expected to arrive within a month. Second, China recently confirmed that its first space station, Tiangong 1, will naturally return to the earth towards the end of 2017. It is expected to mostly burn up in the atmosphere as it descends, but there is uncertainty about whether pieces will remain intact and where they might hit. Scientists do not seem overly worried about it, citing that the chances of debris hitting populated areas of the earth are incredibly small; however, the situation is a good reminder to pray for China as it continues to grow its presence on the international stage.
How to pray:
- Pray for the astronauts who will soon depart for work on Tiangong 2. Pray for their mental and physical health and safety. Pray that they will be able to do good research that will be a blessing to the world. Pray for their families to have peace in their absence.
- Pray for China’s space program to be a source of harmony and bridge building with other nations, not a source of conflict or contentiousness. Pray that China’s work in space will be a blessing to the nations and to China itself.
- Pray against corruption among officials of the space program. Pray for godly leaders to oversee and conduct the program.
- Pray that the glories of the universe would speak loudly of its Creator, producing awe in the hearts of the scientists who work in space which can only be answered by a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Pray for Christians involved in the space program to point others toward the wonders of God, and pray that knowledge and worship of the Creator would have a profound impact on China’s scientific endeavors.