Praying Amidst Death, Racism, & Disunity

Our nation and world is experiencing the weightiness of living in a fallen world in a pronounced way right now. COVID deaths have surpassed 100,000 in our country. The recent killings of Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd have highlighted the racial strife and violence that plagues us. Political division seems more heightened than ever before.

As Christians, we are holistically pro-life – from the womb to the tomb – regardless of ethnicity, sex, age, status, or politics. Every human is an image-bearer stamped with dignity and worth (Gen. 1:26). As God’s people, we are called to lament and stand against death, racism, and hatred of any kind. 

And since God is in the heavens and does all that he pleases (Ps. 115:3), we are called to pray – to unburden our souls to him and let our requests be made known (Phil. 4:6-7). Here are some scriptures I am returning to over and over again as I pray in this season:

For Healing and Revival 
2 Chronicles 7:14–15 – [14] if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. [15] Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place.

For Justice, Humility, and Boldness to Speak and Act Justly
Micah 6:8 – He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

For Unity in The Church that Holds up the Gospel to our World
Ephesians 2:14–16 [14] For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility [15] by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, [16] and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.

Galatians 3:28 – There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

For Gospel-Hope Because Satan, Sin, and Death Don’t Get The Last Word – Jesus Does
John 11:35–36 [35] Jesus wept. [36] So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” 

John 11:38–44 [38] Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. [39] Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days.” [40] Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” [41] So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. [42] I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.” [43] When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.” [44] The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.” 

Looking for more ways to pray? Here is a guided prayer video of Lament of COVID19 & Racism from United? We Pray. 

 

 

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