Holy Father, Healer of all broken hearts,
I lift an urgent plea to You of yet another tragedy in our country.
O, Yahweh, these urgent prayers seem to come every week:
- victims in the path of three hurricanes
- victims in Burnettes Chapel Church of Christ, just a few miles from here.
Prayer for victims
Today, I lay before You the pain and anguish of thousands of your children in the path of bullets in Las Vegas last night during a concert. I ask you to heal the hundreds who were injured last night – injured from deadly bullets and injured in the panic of trying to escape the danger. Give them physical and emotional healing of this trauma.
Holy Spirit, You dwell within believers and understand our groanings when we have no words. The trauma experienced by all the victims as well as the first responders will surely remain in their souls. They need help with stress when they relive the moments of panic on Sunday night. You are our Counselor, our Guide; give them just what they need.
Prayer for families and friends of victims
Father, we grieve for the families of those who were killed, shot down only because of where they were. Hold them close as they may be waiting to hear if their loved one was killed or injured. Give them what they need as they wait.
Father, we know you understand grief because Your Son was killed. Messiah, we read of your grief for Lazarus when he died. Pull those who grieve into your loving arms and hold these families close: those who have lost a son or daughter or a wife or husband, a grandson or granddaughter, a sister or brother, an aunt or uncle. Their hearts are broken; this will change their lives forever. Give them courage and strength to endure the coming days and months.
Prayer for first responders
Thank You Father for law enforcement, EMTs, fire personnel, doctors, and nurses who came to the aid of the victims in this tragedy. Many put themselves in harms way for the sake of others. Thank You for their training and preparation for such emergencies. Their skills, dedication, and determination save many lives. Protect them and guide them in their work. Be their stronghold when they face danger and disaster.
Prayer for the shooter’s family
They will need You in the coming days as they grieve and search for answers. Hold them and strengthen them as only You can.
Prayer for Nation’s Healing and Strength
Father, Son, and Spirit, You are the source of ultimate strength and we need You more than ever. Sustain us through these troublesome times; increase our faith. Forgive our nation of all our sins against You and heal this land.
In the name of Jesus I ask You to bind up Satan and his evil spirits. All authority in heaven and earth has been given to You, Jesus, and You are worthy to receive all glory and honor and power and dominion now and forever more.
We need You more,
more than yesterday,
more than words can say,
more than ever before,
more than anything,
we need You Lord,