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Pray for America and Orlando

Wed, Jun. 15, 2016 Posted: 07:29 PM


ISIS claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack in Orlando. 50 people were killed and 53 more were wounded. It was the largest mass shooting in our nation's history. This evil must be stopped once and for all.

Families are grieving. People are hurting. Please pray for those hurting and grieving in Orlando. Pray that all will personally know Christ and His comfort.

We think of Psalm 34:18 which says, "The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit."

Billy Graham's ministry is on the ground in Orlando. Read more here: http://billygraham.org/story/pray-for-those-grieving-devastating-loss-after-orlando-shooting/

With each tragedy, prayer suddenly pops up in the news. Hashtags flood the newsfeeds of Twitter and Facebook with one of the latest being #PrayforOrlando. (How we pray and hurt for Orlando!)

In spite of every attack on the Bible, the fastest and most featured response to crisis remains prayer. Loving God and neighbor in deed and truth cannot be replaced by anything else. Period.

When we pray, we work together with those "in person" doing God's work at the crisis scene. The Apostle Paul asked fellow believers to "to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf" (Romans 15:30, ESV). Think about it: We can work with fellow believers who are helping people "in person" by praying. Powerful incentive to pray, isn't it?

Another version of the preceding passage puts it this way: "Dear brothers and sisters, I urge you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to join in my struggle by praying to God for me. Do this because of your love for me, given to you by the Holy Spirit" (Romans 15:30, NLT). Did you notice the inclusion of love given by the Holy Spirit along with the emphasis on prayer?

We are to pray with love for others. We are to pray for believers and unbelievers. We are to love believers and unbelievers. Love. Pure and simple.

What about those who do not want us to pray in America anymore? Well, it's futile. No one can stop prayer. No one can stop the faith. C.S. Lewis once said, "A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word 'darkness' on the walls of his cell."

Christian Prayer Q & A:

What does it mean when you say that you "pray for America"?

Well, it doesn't mean "just saying it" and then failing to be "praying it". It means talking with and listening to God about everything...including America. God's Word is no fairy tale. It's fact.

And we must put our faith in God's facts and not the world's attacks.

Why do we pray?

We pray because God wants us to pray and interact with Him all while we place our faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. We pray because God listens. (Now, that's assuming that we're praying earnestly through Christ and with the right motives. We can't pray out of hatred.)

"Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results." (James 5:16, NLT)

How do we pray?

Led by the Holy Spirit, we pray to our Heavenly Father and do so in the Name of Jesus and through Him alone.

Obviously, entire books on prayer exist. So much to say, so much about which to pray... This small editorial cannot cover the subject fully, to say the least. But we do hope that it helped you in some way feel motivated to pray, pray, pray for our beloved USA. Never give up. Obey with love-filled action to overcome evil with good. Fold your hands and you'll see God's will unfold.

Persevering with prayer,
Carrie and Stacie Stoelting
Founders of Unite the USA
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