Heavenly Father, I come before you with a sad heart today. Once again, our country is reeling from another mass shooting. This time it was at a Municipal building in Virginia Beach. Twelve lives have been cut short by the hands of a lone gunman. And as usual, our political and religious leaders are sending ‘thoughts and prayers’ to the bereaved and the survivors. But thoughts and prayers are not enough. We need action.
Lord, gun violence in these United States are as common as oxygen and water. Still yet the men and women in our Congress are not convinced that they need to pass meaningful gun legislation, to put the brakes on gun violence.
My good Father, I pray that you will pull back mask from over the eyes of those individuals in the United States Congress who cannot see that gun violence is a significant social problem. Soften their hearts, Lord. And bring them to tears every time gun violence wreaks havoc on our citizenry.
Heavenly Father, I place the bereaved and the survivors in the hollow part of your hands. Comfort them, Lord. And I hope they can find solace in your Holy Word.
Dear Jesus, I pray for everyone in America. I pray that one day, we can all get along and be happy together. I pray for those who continue to sow hate and division. Soften their hearts Lord, and remove the scales from their eyes. Help them to see and accept your truth and strive to become good Samaritans.
I pray for those who have little or nothing at all; some of whom have worked all their lives tirelessly. Now, they have hit hard times. Gone are the days of plenty for them. Many of them do not know where the next meal comes from. Give them courage, Lord, give them hope. Send them a good Samaritan, preferably one who will not judge.
Father, I am thankful for what you gave me and what I will receive in the future. Give me the spirit of caring and sharing, so when I gather the harvest, I do not store it up for myself alone.
Jesus, I thank you for my family, and I thank you for my friends. Lord, I thank you for placing me among some of the most incredible people. Thanks for giving me the chance to live and thanks for teaching me how to forgive my trespassers.
Father, I thank you for my legs so I can walk on your beautiful earth, I thank you for my eyes, so I can see the beautiful things in life, and I thank you for letting me be me.
Bless those in need and bless those who are suffering, that they can be healed. Bless those who continue to dedicate time and resources to help the poor and needy. Heavenly Father, You are our leader, our savior. You have sacrificed your life for us and asked for nothing in return.
When your heart is in tune with God you are more likely to sing His praise.
Psalm 47:6-8 New King James Version (NKJV)Bible Gateway
6 Sing praises to God, sing praises!
Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
7 For God is the King of all the earth;
Sing praises with understanding.
8 God reigns over the nations;
God sits on His holy throne.
Praise You in this storm–Casting crowns
1Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
Isaiah 41:10 New King James Version (NKJV). Bible Gateway
Let us pray
Heavenly Father, faith in your holy Word is not only the way to wisdom but also the way to salvation. Help me to comprehend your divine plan for me so that I will seek to grow in your ways.
Let me not be vain or self-righteous. Remove the darkness from my path and the scales from my eyes that I may see your deeds clearly and strive to replicate them. Help me to train my ears to the sound of your Clarion; so that my every action will be according to your direction.
Let there be a yearning in me to live an exemplary life; so that the world will see and recognize the love of your Son Jesus, as it shines through me. Amen.