Prayers for Evangelical Believers:
A Prayer for the Families of Victims of the Connecticut Shootings
by Ed Vasicek
Our hearts were traumatized and shocked when we heard of the disastrous and senseless mass shooting in Connecticut. As bystanders, we marveled that anyone would kill so many innocent people, many of them children. This killing was for no objective reason other than an unbelievably cold heart, a heart allowing wickedness and evil to go unchecked.
Lord, sometimes we are ashamed that we belong to the human race. Why would anyone rob a parent of their child or punish the innocent as though they were guilty?
Lord, our shock is miniscule compared to the plight of family and friends who are grieving this senseless killing; killing for the sake of killing. We know, Lord, that so many will now experience a lifetime of repeated pain as they remember their tragic loss. Oh God, only you can help in such a situation.
Surviving children have been traumatized. Clergy, counselors, friends, and school officials are overwhelmed as they seek to help the grieving. Help those who are trying to listen to and pray with heartbroken parents, relatives, and friends. Help those injured to recover speedily.
Your Word tells us that all are sinners, but your image in us—marred as it is by sin—holds most of us back from such cruelty. We know, Lord, were it not for your grace, such behavior would be commonplace.
We look forward to the time when your kingdom comes to this earth, when the lion and lamb will lie down together. We also look forward to the time when your children will enjoy the joy of heaven forever. Help us, and especially those grieving, to borrow strength for today because we rest upon your promises for tomorrow. We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.
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