Probably like many of you, I woke up this morning to the horrific news of the ambush on Dallas Police Officers last night during a protest.
I got my news from posts on Facebook and decided it was time for me to turn on the news (something I haven’t done in months because of the ongoing terrible stories reported).
My mind could not catch up with what was being reported. Videos of people running, screaming, panic ridden, while police officers run toward the gunfire to protect those who are protesting against them.
One video captured police officers hiding behind their patrol cars while one of their comrades lay wounded beside them.
My heart quickened as I heard the Chief of Dallas Police make an eloquent and soul-breaking speech about what has happened in his city. How terrible it must be for him to think of his fellow officers, who were wearing bullet proof vests, but didn’t have a chance to survive.
I then heard broadcasters talking about the videos of the black man in Minnesota killed by police officers this week. I immediately went to Facebook and found this horrific piece of film.
How is this type of evil possible?
Why do people believe others’ lives are less worthy that theirs?
Where is the belief that we are all one nation under God?
What can I do to help with these tragedies?
We ask so many questions while feeling helpless from our living rooms. The truth is there is one thing that we can do to help more than anything.
PRAY, PRAY, PRAY
God knew these events were going to occur. His heart wrenches from the devastation that sin causes in our fallen world. The violence is overwhelming, and yet it keeps happening.
As Christians, we have the greatest gift of bringing our sorrows and brokenness directly to the One who created ALL OF US as His own people. When we pray we allow God to work in our hearts and to open the eyes of others who don’t know him. It connects us to the Heavenly realm and to those involved in the unspeakable acts played out on our screens.
Please, pray with your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your church, your friends. Ask God to come soon, to end the suffering of this world, and finally put Satan where he belongs.
A Prayer for Our Hurting America
Lord, the news is devastating this week.
So many people are hurting, angry, bitter,
and full of hate for others. You are the only
answer to the destruction in our world. Please,
Father, heal the hearts of those involved in these
tragedies, and shelter them under your wings of refuge.
Remind us that you are in control, you hear our cries,
and you mourn with us. Please be with the families of each
person shot this week. Every.Life.Matters.
I thank you for who you are, God, and who you continue
to be in the midst of pain and deadly violence.
Jesus, come soon.
In Your Name,