For those that may not know or have forgotten how to pray, for those that need a word of healing, comfort, and understanding, for those that may need an answer, something that touches them in a powerful way, but most important because of the power of prayer, I share lifting up these words…
Dear gracious God, Heavenly Father,
I come first and foremost to say thank you. Thank you for opening our eyes to see a new day, for the gift of each moment’s breathe, for the life you bestow on each of us. Thank you for family, friends, loved ones, and those that have touched our lives. For your provisions and your protection, we are so grateful. No matter what is, have, and will still face, we always have so much to be grateful for.
I want to ask you for forgiveness. Forgive us, Lord for doing things that have hurt and cause others pain. Forgive us when we don’t do thing that could provide comfort and peace to someone else. Forgive us for making our small problems bigger than the suffering of others.
Lord, there are many people hurting right now. I ask that you lay your hands of comfort and healing over the hearts and minds of the parents and families of those lost in Connecticut today. May you embrace the souls of those whose lives were lost and bring them into your kingdom, as we know you love them. Lord, we often don’t understand loss like this, but help us to seek healing. Help us to not react in anger and hate, but to seek compassion for each other.
May this incident awaken our hearts to love and act in love towards one another and not lay back in insensitivity. People are lost to senseless violence, pain and injustice every day. Let us not forget that. Lord, bless the hearts of all who have lost a loved one today, this week, this year, especially to violence. Our hearts are breaking. Our heart breaks for babies lost to street violence, our hearts break for families killed in war torn countries. Our hearts should break at any violence, any injustice, any evils that we face and I pray that you use our broken-heartedness as a way to calling to a better way. Help us Lord to dig deep into a spirit of compassion not just for those that are close to us, but people we don’t even know that are suffering, that deal with challenges, that need a voice, a gesture, an act that can make a difference in their lives. Help us not to be selfish and so caught up in our own world that we don’t think about others.
We need you and your power to remove what is in us that cause us to harm, to hate, to incite. We focus so much on our differences, Lord, and build walls against one another. Help us to love the unlovable, help us to forgive each other, help us to extend kindness and goodness. Help us to not be a people that kill, destroy, reject, but rather embrace, open our arms and our hearts to each other.
No matter our race, where we live, our religion, our economic background, we all have a commonality; we are all human with this gift of life, sharing space in this world, wanting to be loved. Help us to tap into that connection we have with one another that we can change the face of this word from one that does acts of violence, indifference, ignorance, to acting in love and with love toward each other.
We need you to do that, Lord. We may not even know how to start, but we need a love movement so powerful that can change us from a society where babies are being killed in Connecticut, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, Gaza, Congo, change families being de-sensitized from violence until a mass killing occurs, change people not knowing or doing things that can change violence and injustice, especially if it’s not affecting us.
Lord we need you, your hand, your power, your love; we need you to touch the minds, hearts, and spirits of all people that we may embrace one another, each day.
It is in the name of your son, Jesus, the perfect example of love, that I lift these words to you and pray.