This is NOT the time to stop praying! #NoMoreShootingTragedies

With so many shooting tragedies happening every day, it can be hard to stay encouraged…. It can be hard to plan trips…. It can be hard do things outside….

Everything can be hard because you may not feel safe ANYWHERE.

However, that’s no way to live life. We can’t let fear stop us from living! I’ve seen on the internet that people are getting upset, because all people seem to do when these tragedies happen is say, “you’re in my thoughts and prayers.”; BUT the tragedies continue to keep happening. Here’s the thing, thoughts don’t necessarily work; however, prayers DO work! I don’t want us as people to start believing that prayers don’t work because these tragedies keep happening!

I just think we aren’t praying the right way….

Yes, I said, we aren’t praying the right way… hear me out…

I want to break down how we should be praying so that we don’t see anymore of these shootings happening. I believe that focused and specific prayer brings change!!

Now is not the time to lose our faith. Now is the time to USE our faith!
— Marlie Love

I have three specific prayer points that we can start saying each day. Say these each day, out loud, and believe that God is hearing you and will answer you.

  1. First prayer point: Pray for the protection of every person!
    In Psalm 91 is like a promise of God’s protection over us.
    Here’s what it says:

1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High

will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. a

2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,

my God, in whom I trust.”

3 Surely he will save you

from the fowler’s snare

and from the deadly pestilence.

4 He will cover you with his feathers,

and under his wings you will find refuge;

his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

5 You will not fear the terror of night,

nor the arrow that flies by day,

6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,

nor the plague that destroys at midday.

7 A thousand may fall at your side,

ten thousand at your right hand,

but it will not come near you.

8 You will only observe with your eyes

and see the punishment of the wicked.

9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”

and you make the Most High your dwelling,

10 no harm will overtake you,

no disaster will come near your tent.

11 For he will command his angels concerning you

to guard you in all your ways;

12 they will lift you up in their hands,

so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;

you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 “Because he b loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;

I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.

15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;

I will be with him in trouble,

I will deliver him and honor him.

16 With long life I will satisfy him

and show him my salvation.”

You see that the FIRST thing the scripture says is that those who dwell in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. So, this shows again that we don’t want to get away from God during this time. When we are in His shadow (His presence, in relationship with Him), we are protected. So, we must pray that people will develop a relationship with God AND that ourselves, our families, friends, and strangers are protected!
Here’s a prayer you can say: “Heavenly Father, thank YOU for your protection. I ask that you continue to be my refuge and my fortress. Lord, please command your angles to guard myself, my family, my friends, and everyone in the world. Lord, please bring those that are away from you, back to you so that they are able to be in your protection as well. We declare that no evil plan or plot will happen to us, In Jesus Name, amen!

2. The second prayer point: Pray for the people who may be plotting these attacks. We know that God can send warnings, dreams, people, police, etc. to stop these attacks. We need to pray to stop these people! So, pray that the people who are planning these attacks will be influenced by God’s love. Pray that they change their minds. Pray that their plot is exposed and stopped before it can happen! In the Bible, Paul used to be named Saul. As Saul, he was killing people who were preaching about Jesus. However, on the road to Damascus he had a radical Jesus experience that stopped him from killing! He ended up writing most of the New Testament! I believe that the disciples were praying for him, because he caused and started the murder one of their friends. If Paul can change, anyone can change!
Here’s a prayer you can say: “Heavenly Father, I ask that you soften the hearts of anyone that is planning an attack to hurt or kill people. Lord, I ask that their plans be exposed, so that the proper people are able to stop them. Lord I ask that you send people from the north, south, east, and west, to talk to them and help them change their minds. Lord, we bind up the spirit that is causing these people to make these decisions. We ask this all in Jesus name, amen!”

3. The third prayer point: Pray that people will humble themselves and turn from their sin. Doesn’t it seem like the United States is REALLY having problems right now. In 2 Chronicles 7:14 it says, “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and heal their land.” As I’ve been saying throughout this blog, we don’t need to turn from God at this time, we need to get closer to Him. We need others to understand that if we seek God’s face humbly, turn from sin, He will come and heal our land!
So, here’s a prayer you can say that will help people humble themselves and turn from their sin: Heavenly Father, I humbly come to you and repent from my sins and I ask you to please come heal the land of the United States. Please bring a unity and a peace that only you can bring. Soften the hearts of others in this country, so that they will hear and turn to you. In Jesus name I pray, amen”.

So, those are the three ways that you can pray for these tragedies to stop. I believe when we pray specifically, more answers will be here faster. Sometimes, we are so distraught, we don’t even know what to pray. Use these prayers, because it can really help and make changes.

I want you to also pray for the victims’ families too. Pray that they have peace, mercy, and they are able to continue to live after what they’ve been through.

We can’t stop praying in this hour.

We have to continue.

Let’s get focused on the prayers we are saying, so we don’t have to see anymore tragedies. I know there are other action steps we need to take as a country too, and yes that is very important too! We need to keep praying as those governmental actions are happening, so God’s plan comes through!

Can you think of some other ways to pray? Comment those below.

If you feel depressed and want to hurt yourself or others, please reach out to myself, a trusted person, a mental health professional, and don’t stop praying. If you know someone is planning an attack, please call your local authorities as soon as possible, and pray!