Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. – Philippians 4:6 (NIV)
It’s pretty normal when there’s a tragedy to say or maybe even post on Twitter or Facebook that our “thoughts and prayers” are with (or go out to) those affected.
I’m guilty of saying and writing it. I’m guilty of asking God to comfort those in the situation.
That’s what Christians do. It’s what we believe.
That does not mean that is all that should be done.
After the mass shooting in California this week, the New York Daily News posted a message on their front page that stated, “God Isn’t Fixing This.” See it HERE.
I don’t think they know the power of my God.
U.S. Senator Chris Murphy from Connecticut posted the following message on Twitter after the shooting in California:
Your “thoughts” should be about steps to take to stop this carnage. Your “prayers” should be for forgiveness if you do nothing – again.
Murphy represents Connecticut where the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting occurred in Newtown, Connecticut. That’s where 20 children and 6 adult staff members were killed. Although that mass shooting happened in 2012, I still find it hard to believe that someone would kill children. I find it hard to believe that someone could walk into a room and start shooting people – people that they don’t even know.
That evil hatred and killing breaks my heart.
Murphy is partially right in his Twitter statement. We should all come together to take steps (whatever they might be) to stop the carnage.
But Murphy is partially wrong about our prayers being “for forgiveness if you do nothing – again.”
We should always pray. We all fall short on the Christianity scale so we should pray to be better Christians. We should pray that our country finds a way to stop the senseless killings and that we respect life more.
We need more prayer.
Our religious leaders from all faiths should take a day to do nothing but pray for our country. We should open the churches across the nation for people to stop in and pray for our country. Every church during their services should devote time to pray for our country. There’s evil lurking in every corner. Prayer can help.
I prayed for those affected by the San Bernardino shooting. I prayed for those affected by the Planned Parenthood shooting in Colorado. I prayed for our President and Congress. I pray for our first responders. I pray for our military.
The truth is I don’t pray as much as I should.
We need a prayer revival all across the fruited plains. God can fix this…