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Holy Father,

 

In the wake of school violence, much doubt has been cast upon the power of prayer. I’ve heard it said that prayer is insufficient to stop bullets from killing our school children. Thank You, Father that this is not true. You absolutely hear prayer (Psalm 65:2).

 

Granted, in and of ourselves, we are powerless to stop the spew of violence erupting against our children. No amount of regulated control can stop the overflow of bitterness pouring from a wounded heart. Indeed, it is “out of the heart (that) evil thoughts, murders…false witness and slanders come” (Matthew 15:19). But we are reminded that You are greater than our hearts (1 John 3:20). So we turn our eyes toward You and ask for Your intervention (2 Chronicles 20:12).

 

You promised to heal our land when we humble ourselves, pray, seek Your Face, and turn from our own disobedience (2 Chronicles 7:14). So, I begin here Father — doing my part, so that You are free to do Yours. What is within me, O Lord, that harbors offense and violence against my fellow man? Who am I angry towards? What gossip and slander have I propagated? Who have I withdrawn my patience and kindness from? Who do I need to forgive? What methods of violence and malice do I entertain within my own heart?

 

O Father, forgive me for taking offense. Forgive me for spreading a doubt of character onto the one who has hurt me. Forgive me for amusing myself with aggressive or gruesome entertainment. I recognize that each of these guide my heart toward the very violence I speak so strongly against. May I be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger, after all my own anger can never achieve Your righteousness (James 1:19-20).

 

As each of us yields to Your Kingdom rule within us as individuals, Your peace will extend within our sphere of influence, including our schools. Your Kingdom will come on earth, just as it has already come in heaven (Matthew 6:10). May Your Light shine so brightly within each of us that You alone are glorified (Matthew 5:16). Overtake the darkness as Light shines out of Your people (John 1:5). Praise You for being the King who dwells in unapproachable light — to You be honor and eternal dominion. Amen (1 Timothy 6:15-16).

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Holy Father,

 
Thank You for Your promises. I especially appreciate knowing that have You promised not to abandon Your people (Psalm 94:14). I claim this promise on behalf of __________ this morning.

 
I know that things are messy right now. They feel that everything of life within them is cold and dead. Yet, You are the Life (John 14:6). You are the One Who gives Life to the dead and calls into being that which doesn’t exist at all (Romans 4:17). You are the resurrection (John 11:25). So out of the deadness of their life situation, I ask that You make up the years that the locust has eaten (Joel 2:25).

 
Father, their strength is weakened in the way (Psalm 102:23). Their heart and their flesh has failed (Psalm 73:26). They have cried out to You with loud tears, mad tears, hurt tears – show them the bottle into which You have saved every drop (Psalm 56:8). I ask that You work within them a letting go — a relaxing — a being still that they may know that You are the One in charge. You are God (Psalm 46:10). You are the One who made them — and in the same way, You are the One that is in charge of their spiritual journey (Psalm 100:3). Lead them onto paths of righteousness for the sake of Your Name (Psalm 23:3). And don’t forget the green pastures — they really need to lie down and rest there (Psalm 23:2).

 
You have promised that when we see You, then we will become like You, full of grace and truth (1 John 3:2). _____ need to see You clearly. Transform them from the inside out. May Your Word become life to them, not just something that they read on a page (John 1:17,18). After all, it is the Spirit who gives life, not words (John 6:63). Well up rivers of living water from within their innermost being (John 7:38) because if You don’t lead them up from this place, then they can’t move at all (Exodus 33:14). Redeem their soul in peace from the battle that is against them (Psalm 55:18).

 
Show us all the hidden value of Who You are. Yes, Lord, show us Your glory (Exodus 33:18). In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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