Another school shooting. 20 kindergarten age children dead. Several adults dead. So with broken hearts…we pray.
We ask for comfort, care, and peace for the families who have lost their children, spouses, and friends. We pray that by your Spirit that you would cover them, love on them, and wrap them up in your arms. We pray for the strength and tender touch of local churches that will serve these grieving families, and the spiritual wisdom of pastors and counselors. We ask that somehow, you’d show yourself strong even now for those who are experiencing the worst pain of their lives.
We pray against the culture of violence and death in America. From our sports to our music to our video games to the way we talk to one another…deliver us from the murderous spirit. As we weep for these children, we also weep for every child who is a victim of violence, born and unborn.
We ask you to help us recover/reform foundations. Evil continues to thrive. Your precepts and commandments have been thrown out of the public discourse and public institutions. Your Name is mocked. Our children don’t know your Word. They are taught ungodly constructs…paradigms that actually foster nihilism and hopelessness. When your moral absolutes aren’t there ("You shall not murder"), man has nothing else but fleshly instincts. When you aren’t our source, all that is left is evil…for only you are good.
Give pastors the courage to rightly address the true causes. Give us the right touch of love and tact. Give us the right timing. Help us exhort and gently reprove until households change and our foundations in every area of life are biblical and honor you. And help your church powerfully preach the transforming Gospel of Christ.
Bless our Nation. We need you more than ever….
In Jesus Name. Amen.