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Pondering they come right into our churches…and we pray

How do we express our feelings over such a heinous act?

Our innocent brothers and sisters gunned down in cold blood.

  • Not in their cars or at the local mall
  • Not in a stadium or at school
  • Not even in their own homes

But in their house of worship during mid-week Bible study and prayer.

We cannot come to terms with this today.

We cannot make sense of it or explain it to others. We try. We talk about living in a sinful world. We discuss the growing concern of white supremacist in our country (though it’s always been present during our lifetime). We want to believe racism is better. We know it is not.

With a spirit of heaviness, we pray.

It is not only what we should do – it is the only thing we can do now.

Hear my cry, oh Lord; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed:  lead me to the Rock that is higher than I. (Psalm 61.1-2 KJV)

Our hearts are overwhelmed, Lord.

We do the only thing we know to do. We come to the Rock. Hear our prayer. Be close to the brokenhearted. We pray for our brothers and sisters in and around Charleston, SC, today.

And they are our brothers and sisters.

This senseless and unnecessary act has shaken the ground they stand on, but do not let it shake their faith. As they lay loved ones to rest in the days to come, may their eyes look to You…

Jesus, the Author and Finisher of [their] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame… (Hebrews 12.2 NIV).

As they mourn, pour out Your comfort in bucket-loads.

And raise up men and women to help start the road to healing and restoration in this church and community. The road will be long and hard. We pray for enduring faith.

Father, we cannot pray without thinking of the situations we see across this nation.

We pray for peace. We pray for wisdom. We pray for hearts to turn back to You.

Over the Church we pray protection.

We pray for discernment in our pastors and leaders. We pray for boldness and revelation. We pray the Light will shine bright into dark places. May it begin in the Church. May the Church be united.

Our hearts are overwhelmed, Lord.

We want reconciliation. But first, we must see repentance. We pray we would become more concerned for others than we are for ourselves – regardless of the color of our skin, our economic level, or our place in life. We need love in our hearts for people in the greatest way.

We are a broken people. And we pray for the brokenhearted among us. Hear our cry. Hear our prayer. Heal our land.

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6 thoughts on “Pondering they come right into our churches…and we pray

  1. Great prayer Karlene, racism in all its form is a spiritual issue, and we have be proactive to pray for the victims and pray for the renewal of the minds and hearts of those who are actively engaged in racism.

  2. Well said Karlene. It is not possible to make sense of something so evil. I realize it could have been anyone of us in our own House of Worship. My heart goes out to the famous of these Believers that were murdered in their own place of worship. My heart also goes out to the family of this young man. I cannot imagine the pain of realizing your own child has committed such a crime. We live in a world that needs God more than ever!!

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