My heart is breaking today for the children and adults whose lives were taken yesterday at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. My mind just cannot comprehend such loss. I wanted to do something to honor the victims and the families through our prayers. This week, will you link up a scripture and a prayer for these families? God hears our prayers, and I know that those who are dealing with such overwhelming loss will feel them as well. (*If you’ve already written your post, and it meets the guidelines of scripture and encouragement, please still link up.)
Father, my mind cannot comprehend such violence. Lord my heart is breaking over the lives lost in this single act of violence. How can I comfort? How can I offer hope to those who are suffering such a great loss? I feel helpless, I have no words, just groanings from deep within. Father, will you help me to pray?
God, I ask that you would draw near to the families who have lost their children, and those who have lost their loved ones, in this tragedy. Lord I cannot comprehend the magnitude of their grief. But Lord, you hear their cries. You see the anguish of their souls. Lord, you catch every tear and hold it in a bottle. Lord would you hold them close today? Would you bring words of comfort and hope to their spirits? Would you cause them to cling to you, the giver of hope, in this season of desperation, doubt, fear, loss and grief. Lord I know that You are able to breakthrough the darkness that surrounds them and bring Your light, Your peace, Your hope. I ask that these families would sense your nearness as you hold them close. Father breathe, breathe Your hope into their hearts today. And Father, for those who do not know You, would You bring them to salvation? As they cry out for help, would you reveal Yourself to them?
Father, would you be with the children who witnessed this act of violence. I ask that You would guard their hearts and their minds, and protect them from any long lasting effects from the trauma. I ask , Lord God, that You would begin now to bring healing to their hearts. I pray that You would help their parents to guide them, talk with them, and love them through this. Father, this is too much for such a young mind to comprehend. Would You come, Lord, and supernaturally remove the trauma. Heal their hearts. Remove fear Father. Draw near to each of these children and reveal Your heart of love, peace and hope to them.
God, I ask that You would draw close to the police officers, firemen, first responders and innocent bystanders who came to help, and witnessed this horrifying event. Father, I thank you for them and I ask that you help them through the grieving process. Would you remove any lasting effects from this trauma God? The things they saw, I cannot imagine. Father would you just come and hold them and help them through this?
Father, this world is in such desperate need of you today. As we cry out for justice and mercy, may we not allow ourselves to grow bitter in our righteous anger. Father may we, these families and all involved see Your goodness through this tragedy. This does not change the fact that You are good Father. Let us see and experience your goodness, your nearness in the days ahead.
*Today we are linking up a scripture and a prayer for those involved in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. However, if you’ve already written your post, and it is scripture with encouragement, please still link up. God’s Word will not return void. However, any posts that do not meet the spirit of prayer and encouragement with scripture will be deleted. I want to be sensitive to what I feel the Holy Spirit is asking me to do.