“if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:14

I can’t get past the gut wrenching heartbreak of the events that occurred in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio over the weekend. And while I along with many of you grieve over these horrific events, I can’t even imagine how those who were directly impacted by these mass killings must be feeling. Right now it’s raw and hard to fathom but we in a short while will get back to our daily routines as others are trying to figure out how to get through the next second. In the meantime a father, a mother, a sister, a brother, an uncle, an aunt, a cousin, a son, a daughter, and a friend are absent in our lives. They will no longer be here to sit around the Thanksgiving table, nor gathering around the Christmas tree. Their absence will be sorely missed. It is an unspeakable pain that words cannot describe.

We want to do something, something that helps us identify with the families who are suffering. Words aren’t working and the laws ineffective in keeping weapons of destruction out of the hands of those with ill intent. It is time that people of faith exercise our weapon of prayer;

Pray for the souls of those who died
Pray for those who remain in the hospital due to the injuries they incurred
Pray for those who were treated in the hospitals and released
Pray for those who can’t get the images of the carnage out of their mind
Pray for the inconsolable
Pray for the families who are suffering from extreme grief
Pray that in the aftermath God will restore peace
Pray that we will not give in to fear
Pray that God will heal the brokenhearted
Pray that God would bring healing in our land
Pray that those who have been left behind would be a part of the solution
Pray for unity in our society, in our world
Pray for forgiveness of our sin and restoration
Pray, God please heal our land

…but most of all pray