They come right into our churches…and we pray

What do we do when they come right into our churches?

Innocent men, women, and children 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.

We struggle to come to terms with this heinous act.

We cannot make sense of it or explain it. We talk about living in a sinful world. We see an increase of evil, not only in our country but around the world.

We want to believe we are living in a safer, kinder time – but, we know this is not the case. With a spirit of heaviness, we pray. It is not only what we should do – it is the only thing we know to do.

Hear my cry, oh God; 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 Sutherland Springs, Texas, 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 NKJV.

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

How to respond? We must pray. How to go on, after such evil and heinous acts. We pray. They come into our churches. And we pray. 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 all we see happening across our nation.

We pray for peace; 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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I first released this post following the mass shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Charleston, SC, in 2015. It seemed appropriate to update and re-share this as we mourn with the First Baptist Church and community of Sutherland Springs, Texas, on November 5, 2017. God have mercy.

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6 thoughts on “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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