Mass shootings of innocent people. Horrific stabbings. There is violence and death all around the world and for no known reason. None of this makes any sense. I hurt for the victims and their families. I’ve only seen photographs, news reports. I can’t even imagine the real pain they are going through.
Why did this happen? Why would a person do such a thing? Why kill innocent people you don’t even know?
But this isn’t something we can understand with human reasoning. This is when we need God more than ever. We need to lift up those in agony who’ve fallen to their knees, lift them up in prayer right into God’s arms. And we need to run into His arms too and fall apart and cry. We need His help to make sense out of all of this to avoid going crazy, to avoid losing hope, and to remind us that one day all of the ugliness, the cruelty, and the evil of this world will be gone.
There is something beautiful coming. Someone beautiful is coming soon. Jesus. We mustn’t lose hope.
Please, friends and neighbors, brothers and sisters in Christ, remember that evil is very real and roaming freely around the world. We are seeing it every day. We must remember that a spiritual war is taking place all around us. We must stand firm in the armor of God. We must stand together as warriors, alert and praying.
And we must reach out in love and continue to pray for those who have been wounded by that evil.
Heavenly Father, we need You. We need You to help those we can’t reach from where we are, those who are suffering at the hands of evil all around the world, Lord. You see them right now. They are not alone. You are with them, Lord, and we ask that You would comfort them. Please Lord, meet them in their most painful moments and hold them in Your arms. Make Your very presence known to them so they may cling to You.
And Lord, we pray that You would make us warriors, strong in the faith and ready to stand against all evil that attack the innocence of this world. Help us to know Your Word in our very hearts and to speak it out loud, boldly. Lord, we rebuke Satan and all of his demons in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ. The enemy has no hold on us. We are bought with the blood of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Help us to remember who we are, Lord, and that we are Yours. Lord, we love You and we thank You for Your love and Your faithfulness and Your power. It’s in the precious and holy name of Your Son, Jesus Christ we pray these things. Amen.
“Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:11-12 NLT.)
“In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.” (Ephesians 6:18 MSG.)
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:1-4 NIV.)