Another mass shooting, another day of twitter being filled with a pray for hashtag. It’s an easy thing to put #prayforvegas on a tweet but where do you start? Here are 5 ideas:
1. Admit your fears and tears.
It’s ok to run to our Heavenly Father and admit that we come to him afraid, angry, hurting. He understands that we find some things too difficult to deal with. He gets that sometimes things happen outside our understanding, yet He loves that His children come to Him about this. Our God is the God who wept when He got to the grave of His friend. He knows what it is to mourn at the effects of sin on this world.
2. Remember who God is.
It may not feel like it but what happened in Las Vegas doesn’t change who God is. His back wasn’t turned because He was busy somewhere on Mars. He is still in control. He is reigning. He is still sovereign. He has still promised that He will give us all that we need.
3. Pray for those affected
We can’t begin to imagine what those families must be going though. We can imagine their grief and sorrow. Yet we have a God who understands what it’s like to suffer loss in the most horrible circumstances. We can pray that He will give peace, that He would comfort and even in this darkness that He would draw people in Las Vegas and around to the world closer to Him. We can pray that God would give wisdom and kindness. We can pray for those who were injured – that God would heal. We can pray for those who were there but were unscathed that God would provide gifted counsellors to help those who are traumatised. There are so many needs for those people that our God can meet.
4. Pray for the church in Vegas
We can pray for the church in Las Vegas. That they will weep with those who weep. We can pray that God would send His Spirit in power to that that would be able to get alongside all of those who are mourning, that they would be able to show the love of Christ to their grieving community. We must pray that they would not want to fall into the trap of giving trite answers to those around them but that they would love and care for their community and that through that, they may be given the opportunity to speak about Jesus.
5. Plead for God to make all things new
I don’t know about you but every time we see one of these tragedies it makes me long for the day when Jesus will return. We should pray, How long Lord? How long before you sort out everything? How long before all the wrongs are made right? How long before all the sad things of this world are no more?