How to pray about violence

Written by on December 19, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday of last week, I tutored a student just after a gunman shot and killed three people at a mall a few blocks away down the street. Friday I  learned a man in Connecticut shot and killed twenty-seven – most young children.  With tears streaming down my cheeks, I lift my eyes to our Creator.

Join me and pray:

  • Lord, we resolve to spend extra time with You in prayer, so we can sense Your love for us. Here is our safe place.
  • Today, as Your children, we sit on Your lap and tenderly touch the lines carved in Your face – creases round Your eyes put there by years of laughter and tears.
  • What grieves us grieves Your Holy Spirit. We absorb Your singular comfort.
  • We have not received a spirit of fear, but one of power, of love, and a sound mind. We have the mind of Christ here and now.
  • We fight back by forgiving the criminals. We fight back by forgiving those who’ve offended or hurt us.
  • Although it doesn’t make sense, we declare You’re working even this for good.
  • Father, here’s a blank slate for You to write on.  What are you saying to us in this?

What did you hear from God as you prayed?

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