Prayer To Stop The Killing

America is in a moral decline and the subsequent decline of our culture. People today are indifferent to right and wrong. Our communities are being ravaged by violence and war, famine, disease and executions. These are the direct result of a nation turned away from God.

It looks like the only way to stop further killings at school will be by prayers. With all of the focus placed on gun control and mental health, it has become clear that there is no plan in place to handle shootings incidents.

The Bible says that “All things – absolutely everything – are possible to him who believes.” (Mark 9:23) But it also speaks of a very real power of evil in our world today. Anyone can pick up a newspaper and see the heavy cross that humanity must bear because of the forces of evil. In this troubling situation, Christ tells us how to overcome evil with the good-news of His Gospel, which is the power of God to save every soul.

Prayer to stop the killing, Lord. This nation is awash in guns – guns that wreak havoc on communities across the land. And because there are so many guns, it’s going to take a lot of prayer and a lot of people to bring about change. We need to do all we can to prevent future tragedy here and across the country. Let us work together for peace, one step at a time. With faith and commitment, we will be able to stop people from killing one another and using guns as tools of destruction. And we ask it in Jesus’ name. Amen

Prayer To Stop The Killing

To the God whose holy anger heals;
To the Messiah whose righteous anger overcomes evil;
To the Spirit who keeps our anger from turning destructive:
Receive our wounded hearts;
Take our burning words;
Protect us from the desire for revenge.
May our righteous anger become fuel for justice in our fractured world
and for the mending of broken relations in our neighborhoods and homes.
For God’s sake—and ours—we pray.
Amen.

Prayer To Stop The Killing

God, our hearts are broken with pain at the senseless deaths caused by gun violence. Families mourn, children live in fear, and some in our nation respond by arming themselves with more guns with greater capacity to end life. Our disconnection and alienation has caused some to turn to guns for protection and safety. We ask that you touch our hearts with your love, heal our brokenness, and turn us away from violence toward peace. Help us to transform our own hearts and to seek peaceful ways of resolving our differences. Let our hands reach out and connect with those who feel alone, those who live in fear, and those suffering from mental illness. Let our voices be raised asking our legislators to enact gun laws to protect all in our society, especially those most vulnerable. Let our pens write messages demanding change while also scripting words of hope and transformation. We ask this in the name of the God who desires that we live together in peace.  Amen

Loving God, you are the author and sustainer of our lives. You know the anguish of the sorrowful, you are attentive to the prayers of the brokenhearted. Hear your people who cry out to you in their need; strengthen their hope in your lasting goodness.

We pray today for those who have died because of violence, of terrorism. Draw them to yourself; let your face shine upon them. May they be greeted with choirs of angels and experience your eternal peace and joy.

Be near to all those who have been touched by violence: those who have been hurt, lost their loved ones or lost their sense of security. Be for them a steady comfort and safe resting place.

Soften the hearts and steady of the minds of those who would do violence to others. May hate be replaced with love, violence with peace and darkness with your light.

Amen.

Prayer of lament for mass shootings

Lord, in our shock and confusion, we come before you.
In our grief and despair in the midst of hate,
in our sense of helplessness in the face of violence,
we lean on you.

For the families of those who have been killed we pray.
For the shooters—help us to pray, Lord.
For the communities that have lost members—their anger, grief, fear—we pray.
For the churches striving to be your light in darkness beyond our comprehension, we pray.

In the face of hatred, may we claim love, Lord.
May we love those far off and those near.
May we love those who are strangers and those who are friends.
May we love those who we agree with and understand,
and even more so, Lord, those who we consider to be our enemies.

Kyrie Eleison. Lord, have mercy.
Heal our sin-sick souls.
Make these wounds whole, Lord.

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