A Prayer on this Day of Shock and Heartbreak

Watch and Pray

Watch and Pray

Editor’s Note: We found this prayer by Ravi Zacharias to be the most appropriate for these tragic events that have recently occurred. This prayer was posted on his blog on July 8, one day after the death of five Dallas police officers:

As we mourn this week’s tragic events in Louisiana, Minnesota, and now Dallas, it is evident that we need God now more than ever. My prayer on this day of shock and heartbreak:

“God, our heavenly Father, our minds go back to the day when Jesus knelt beside his beloved city and wept, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace–but now it is hidden from your eyes” (Luke 19:42)

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Pray For America and Orlando | Unite the USA

By Carrie Stoelting

061216orlandoshooting_1280x720ISIS claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack in Orlando. 50 people were killed and 53 more were wounded. It was the largest mass shooting in our nation’s history. This evil must be stopped once and for all.

Families are grieving. People are hurting. Please pray for those hurting and grieving in Orlando. Pray that all will personally know Christ and His comfort.

We think of Psalm 34:18 which says, “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” Click HERE to read more: 

Prayer for Lahore, Pakistan

IMG_5881As families in Lahore, Pakistan, celebrated Easter Sunday, March 28,  in a public park, a suicide bomber entered into a public park and blew himself up. The blast killed more than 70 people, mostly women and children, and injured hundreds of others.

The next day, a Pakistanti Taliban group claimed responsibility for the bombing, saying that it deliberately intended to target Christians. However, Muslims were also caught in the blast. Pakistan’s army detained more than 200 people in connection with the bombing. Continue reading

Prayer for Brussels, Belgium

IMG_5881Four days after the arrest in Brussels of Salah Abdeslam, a suspect in the Paris bombings in November, bombs were detonated at the airport and subway stations in Brussesls on Tuesday causing multiple deaths and serious injuries. Salah Abdeslam is one of 10 men suspected of planning and terrorist attacks in and around Paris on November 13 that killed 130 people.

Confusion and panic dominated the area before Brussels officials shut down the entries and exits to the city. All flights to Belgium have been diverted and all trains to and from Brussels have been cancelled. Continue reading

Prayer for the United States of America

IMG_5881The 2016 presidential race is unlike any political race we have seen in recent history. The candidates’  personal attacks on each other, insults hurled at different groups in society with no consideration of how these negative comments affect them, physical violence at political rallies, and strife encouraged between supporters of rival political candidates have news reporters, political analysts and voters saying, “We have never seen anything like this before.” There is even a division among some Christian leaders in this election season, according to news reports.

This post is not to discuss political views but to call on believers in Jesus Christ to appeal to God to have mercy and compassion on our country. As we humble ourselves and come before God with repentant hearts (2 Chronicles 7:14), we must ask Him for His strategies and tactics on how to pray against the demonic activity in the spiritual realm that could potentially bring total anarchy to our country. Continue reading

Pray For Persecuted Christians

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Courtesy of Open Doors USA

In a previous post, a statement was made that Christians in America are under persecution for their faith. Although we have been criticized and minimized for what we believe, we have not come to the point where we are intentionally being murdered for our belief in Jesus Christ.

There are Christians worldwide who are experiencing unbelievable horrors for their confession of faith in Jesus Christ. Christian families have been harassed, arrested, kidnapped, discriminated against, beaten, stabbed, sentenced to death, and killed. Continue reading

Prayer for Roseburg, Oregon

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ROSEBURG, OR – OCTOBER 03: Dave (L) and Robin Griffiths leave flowers at a memorial along the road to Umpqua Community College on October 3, 2015 in Roseburg, Oregon. On Thursday 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer went on a shooting rampage on the campus killing nine people and wounding nine others before killing himself. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

On October 1, 2015, 26-year-old Christopher Harper-Mercer shot and killed nine students and one teacher on the campus of Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.

Students quoted in the media said that the gunman asked his victims, prior to shooting them, whether they were Christians. If they answered,”yes,” he told them, “Good, because you’re a Christian, you are going to see God in just about one second.” He then proceeded to shoot them in the head. Although the gunman shot non-Christians, his online profile showed that he did not like “organized religion,” basically Christianity, according to media reports. Continue reading

Prayer for the United States

841479_17427852Reaction was swift to Friday’s 5-4 decision of the U.S. Supreme Court that made gay marriage a right under the U.S. Constitution. Gay marriage pro-ponents celebrated, but many in the Christian com-munity mourned. Why? Because the High Court’s ruling completely rejected God’s divine order of marriage being between a man and a woman (Read about the first marriage that God ordained in Genesis 2).

As witnessed time and time again in the Bible, disobedience to God’s Divine laws brings down judgment upon those who replace His plans with their own. For instance, Numbers 16:41-50, NIV, tells us how the Israelites murmured against Aaron and Moses after God punished Korah, a Levite, and 250 tribal leaders for their rejection of God’s appointment of Aaron as High Priest and Moses, as Israel’s leader. God sent a plague throughout the Israeli community and Moses directed Aaron to make an “atonement” (reconciliation to God) for the people: Continue reading

Prayer for Charleston, South Carolina

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CHARLESTON, SC – JUNE 19: Mourners continue to pray outside the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church where nine people were shot to death this week June 17, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

On Wednesday night, June 17, 2015, a 21-year-old white man shot and killed nine black people who were attending a Bible study at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. According to media reports, Dylann Roof, who was charged with nine counts of murder, said he wanted to start a race war in the United States.

We are asking that you join with us to pray for:

• The families of the nine shooting victims, which included the pastor of the church, Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney who also was a state senator.

• Members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church where the shootings took place.

• South Carolina’s leaders and its citizens who are still reeling from this horrific event.

• This tragedy to help people draw closer to Jesus Christ and for others (including the shooter) to experience a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

• That the power of non-violence and forgiveness continue to prevail throughout the court proceedings and as Charleston begins the healing process. 

While politicians, civil rights leaders and religious leaders debate the pros and cons of gun control, violence and racism in the United States, the real issue here is “hate,” and that stems from the heart. Jeremiah 17:9 says, The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Also, there’s a saying that goes, “The heart of the problem is a problem with the heart.” As witnessed by this tragic situation, extreme hostility left unchecked in one’s heart toward an individual or a people group can lead to tragic – and sometimes deadly – consequences.

In light of this upsetting event, we should take the time to examine ourselves and ask the Holy Spirit to shine His Divine Light on our hearts to reveal any hatred and distrust that we have against an individual or people group, and be willing to make changes as the Lord directs: Continue reading