Photo Caption: Citizens lining up to protect police in Baltimore (July 9, 2016).
In locations across Orange County this weekend, our senior pastor is leading us in prayer for America after a week of painful tragedy. I want to share with you his words.
2 Chronicles 7:14: “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
God, we come in the name of your son Jesus Christ. We come as children… helpless, confused, needy, but expectant and hopeful.
The tragedies of this weeks’ past, years’ past, and this week concerning Alton Sterling (Louisiana), Philando Castille (Minnesota), and the five police officers in Dallas Texas, weigh like lead upon our hearts. We pray for the families of Alton Sterling and Philando Castille. We pray for their healing, justice, strength and hope. We pray for the five police officers’ families in Dallas, Texas. We pray for their peace, healing, strength, and hope. At the death of Lazarus, your Scriptures say, “Jesus wept.” Though we don’t have answers, indeed we are not sure what to even say or do in light of these week’s events, in our hearts we weep, we weep with the Sterling family, the Castille family, the Dallas officer’s family, as you weep with them, Jesus.
We pray…. We pray to You, Oh God, for you are the only One who can help, bring answers, direction, healing. Indeed, to whom else shall we go, for you alone have the words of eternal life. So we pray to you.
We seek your face…. In this world where kingdoms are shaken we seek you and your kingdom that can never be shaken. This world is not our home. We are not of this world. You, your kingdom, are our home… and we seek you.
We turn from our wicked ways… My God, where we personally and as a nation have forgotten you, denied you, ignored you, where we’ve approved of wickedness in our own society and in our own hearts, we, this people, today turn back to you. We pray America would turn to you, Jesus. We pray you save and change hearts. We pray for revival in our land.
Thank you that in Christ you are stooping down, leaning in, and hearing our cries to you right now. Praise you, that in Christ, you forgive our sin and embrace us. Thank you, Lord, that in Christ you will heal us and our land, our nation. We pray to that end.
In this day, we see in your Word that your healing will come supernaturally through your supernatural people—the church. Jesus said, “By this the world will know that you are my disciples, that you love one another.” “The world will know you sent me Father, by their being one with another.”
By the power of your Holy Spirit, may you fill your people with your Holy Spirit, to display as an example the spectacular love and unity that our nation cries for. May we be one, all of us—black, white, Hispanic, cop, liberal, conservative, democrat, republican—for your glory, our good, and other’s joy.
Lord, we don’t know where to go from here. “Do something not just pray” rings in our ears. So we look to you to lead us and tell us what to do that You through us might heal our land. Oh God, protect those who need protecting, protect those who risk their lives to protect us.
We know today that there is no man or woman alive who can lead us out of the mess, sin, heartache, of our nation. Only you. And only you through your church. We, your church, are the light and leading toward unity and love for all. May you find us faithful. May we be your hands on the wounds of a bleeding and dying world.
Today, we believe that days of light are ahead. We pray for revival in our midst and in our nation. We plead for it. Yet even so, Come Lord Jesus.
In Jesus’ name,
(from Pastor Jarrod Jones, Grace Community Church, Orange County, New York)