My heart is so broken over the events of this week. Horrific killings that just don’t make sense. We weren’t created to witness someone taking their last breath on camera. We were not created to watch officers protecting protesters fall to their deaths. We were not created to listen to a four year old comfort her mother in what she will soon realize was probably the worst moment in her life. But we were created to pray. At a time like this, our best and most powerful option is the cry of our heart. People often describe prayer as passive action, a last resort but I encourage you to see prayer as your most valuable weapon. (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).
Prayer defeats the enemy. Prayer moves the hand of God. Prayer changes circumstances. Prayer changes hearts. Prayer changes us.
Even if you don’t have the words, trust that God knows the cry of a weeping heart (Psalm 56:8). Remember Hannah, she didn’t use any words in her prayer but the Lord knew her hearts cry and gave her a child. If all you can do today is grieve, He still hears you. (1 Samuel 1:12-17)
So whether you are grieving for the recent lives lost or your own personal loss, let’s all call out to our Father in prayer. To heal our cities, our nation and our hearts. To comfort the families of those lost this week. Let’s call on Him to bring peace, grace and healing. Let’s ask Him to bring the spirit of understanding and compassion to everyone’s hearts and minds. Let’s ask Him to help us reflect who He is in these troubling times. Let’s ask Him to be not just our savior but the LORD of our lives and our nation. Let’s ask Him to give us the wisdom to know when to speak, what to say and what to do. Let’s humbly ask Him for help. Let’s pray.
- The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective- James 5:16
- Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them from their distress -Psalm 107:19
- The righteous cry out and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles -Psalm 34:17
- I believe I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be STRONG, and let your heart take courage; WAIT on the Lord.- Psalm 27:13-14
- & of course, Psalm 91 for our police officers, families and friends of all colors.