Mary and I, along with the rest of the country, went to bed and woke up with heavy hearts this week–another school shooting.
While the politicians duke it out, I for one do not want to wait to fight for our kids. As Nehemiah 4:14 says: And I (Nehemiah) looked and arose and said to the nobles and to the officials and to the rest of the people, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes.”
If our battle was only political or social, why would we need to “Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome…?” As Pastor Ayars has often reminded us: We can do more than pray after we have prayed. But we cannot do more than pray until we have prayed!
Three specific requests:
- Pray for the families and friends of the victims, for the recovery of those wounded, and for healing for the souls of all who have been most closely affected by this evil act. While some mock our leaders when they encourage this, it is the response that brings God’s light into our nation’s darkest hours. But let us not stop there!
- Let’s go on the offensive to fight for our kids. While not absolving any of the human perpetrators of their responsibility, I know that this type of violence is a manifestation of evil. The enemy of our souls delights in destroying what is most precious to us. To kill others randomly and indiscriminately is not merely “sick”– it is evil. There is some direction on how to pray offensively for protection of our children and against the plans of the Evil One at the bottom of this posting. The Scriptures from cover to cover tell us to expect trials and tribulations, but also to maintain our sure hope because our God will come through in victory. We may not be able to pray in our schools, but we can certainly pray for our schools.
- Let us pray that God would revive His church and our nation. Pray for a move of God that dispels darkness and brings glory to God and peace and healing to our land. Let us tirelessly share the great gospel of the Lord with those around us, because these deaths remind us that all of us will die and we are not ready to face eternity without Christ as our advocate.
We are at war. Let’s “Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes.”
God’s grace to you all.
-Pastor Mike O’Connor, Senior Pastor at Island Christian Church
Praying for our children and grandchildren, the children of our church and our communities:
#1 How did Jesus pray for His followers to the Father just before He would be leaving them? Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me…John 17:11
#2 Pray for revival and spiritual awakening in our children’s hearts and on our children’s school campuses
#3 Pray for our School Boards and School Administrators and Faculty for their protection and direction as well.
Some encouraging Scriptures:
1 John 3:8: The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.
I Corinthians 10:3-5: For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God and take every thought captive to obey Christ…
Psalm 72:4: May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the children of the needy, and crush the oppressor!
Psalm 68:5: Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation.