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Thursday, June 30, 2016
A Prayer Regarding Terrorism
2 Chronicles 7:14: "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."
We come before you now because our hearts are heavy, frightened, troubled, and we are having difficulty making sense of all of these acts of terrorism. There is violence all around the world, and it causes us to reflect on our own mortality, and wonder if our lives or the lives of those we love will be taken in a violent crime. Even beyond terrorism is violence that occurs every day in our cities and towns. We feel powerless when we realize we cannot guarantee these crimes will not happen to us or our loved ones.
For those who have been harmed, whether physically or emotionally from an act of violent crime, we pray that you will comfort their hearts and souls, and help them to have the support they need to endure through this. Please bring people into their lives, whether new friends or old, family, spiritual leaders, or the comfort from strangers who have compassion or are going through similar pain. May they hold them up, strengthen them, and comfort them during this time of grief, insecurity, and sudden, drastic, traumatic uprooting of their daily norms.
Please be with all our world leaders, and give them the knowledge, wisdom, discernment and strength to make positive change for our world. Please open their eyes that they may discern right from wrong, weigh out all viable options clearly, and tease out the gray areas so that they can agree and feel confident on the right choices and find your will for our nations. Please have mercy on our countries, and forgive us of our sin, selfishness, denial, apathy, and rejection of you and of truth, and unite our hearts to be resilient and strong so that we can protect the innocent and punish the guilty. Please open the eyes and touch the hearts of those doing the wrong, and help them to see the error of their ways, remove any deceit, illness or confusion from their minds, and help them to repent and turn to you, and join the forces of good, abandoning the evil.
Bring revival to our nation, Lord, and to other nations around the world, that we turn to you as our Heavenly Father who loves us, cares about every tiny detail of our lives, and desires us to draw close to you, to hide in the shadow of your mighty wings, and protect us in the cleft of the rock. While we don't have all the answers, we recognize that you do, and ask that you intervene on our behalf to protect us and unify us as human beings. With all our differences, with all our failures, with all our various cultures and ideas, a few things we have in common is our sin and your forgiveness because of Jesus Christ, our humanity and vulnerability, and our desire to have peace, security, and to love, take care of and enjoy our families and friends, to work and follow our dreams and aspirations, and to joyfully experience the good in the world around us.
May we not forget you when times are good, and not refuse you when times are rough. Please heal our nation and our world, and may we act as you would have us to act, wait when we need to wait, speak wisdom in our words, care with our interactions, and pray without ceasing to you, whom we love. Thank you for hearing our prayer and for loving each and every one of us, right here, right now, where we are, and thank you for what you are going to do on our behalf as we humbly bow our hearts before you now in prayer.
In Jesus' name, Amen