BlackandChristian.com wishes to express our deepest sympathy to all who have experienced a loss by the tragic events that happened in our world on September 11, 2001. We hope that this message will help ease the grief and sorrow all of the world is experiencing at this time.
PRAYING FOR "SENSELESS" TRAGEDIES
When we hear about another random act of violence,
our first response is usually to pray away the pain or pray that this
will never happen again.
how can we pray beyond the fear and shock, beyond the most obvious needs,
for the issues of the kingdom? Below are prayer points that were originally
written by Pray! Staff the morning after the September 15, 1999 church
shooting at Wedgwood Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas. Once again,
as a nation, from a human perspective we are unable to make sense of
the horrific situation we are in. We hope that they will act as a springboard
for your own prayer in the wake of tragedies that defy human understanding
and are becoming more frequent.
Though it is difficult, start with praise. Focus
on Godís character.
- Praise God that He is sovereign, that He has ultimate control
over all, and that nothing takes Him by surprise (Is 45:5-6).
- Ask God to use this situation to bring unprecedented spiritual
openness to people affected by the tragedy, and ask Him to show
His face to them.
- Ask God to bless the ministry that will be thrust upon the church
or community affected by the tragedy. Ask Him to empower them with
a powerful witness when they are called upon to speak about or reflect
on the situation.
- Ask God to stand against the enemyís attempts
to make families experience unresolved anger or guilt over the
loss of loved ones.
- Ask God to focus the minds of public officials on the need for
prayer and to provide people who will continue to pray for the situation.
- Ask God to equip leaders who will be called upon to mentor and
minister to people in the aftermath of tragedy (Heb 13: 20-21).
- Ask God-for yourself and others-for a passion and love for Christ
that drive out fear (1 Jn 4:18).
- Thank God that the enemy has made a tactical error, since martyrdom
and persecution have always strengthened the church, and that God
will use for good what Satan has intended for harm (Gen 50: 20-21).
- Thank God for the people who will be drawn to seek God's face
because the overwhelming nature of the tragedy leaves them nowhere
else to turn (Jon 2:1-9).
- Thank God for a vivid reminder of your own mortality and vulnerability,
asking Him to prepare your heart and spirit for a faithful response
when you are faced with tragedy.