Tensions are high in the nation. Many people may not understand the situation in Baltimore or why the Black community is grieving. There are people bridging the gap and advocating for justice. Being an advocate can be tiring, discouraging, and emotionally exhausting. There is so much work to be done;dismantling systems of oppression will not happen instantaneously. I believe it is time for a call to prayer.
- We pray for Baltimore and the communities around the world who are grieving.
Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Romas 12:15
- We pray for the Elected Officials. May the truth be made known, may their hearts and minds be opened, and may they fight for justice and peace. Let our officials become committed to dismantling systems of racial oppression.
Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
- We pray for the Police Officers and their families. Help us to forgive the ones who have acted unjustly. May the officers who are committed to serving the people be filled with extra strength. May they not become jaded and hard hearted because of what they have seen. May you bring peace to their families who are afraid for their lives. May you do a restorative work in the hearts of the police and the Black community.
I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. 1 Timothy 2:1
- We pray for the parents of all the young men and women who have died at the hands of the police. Give them strength as they grieve and advocate for the lives of other Black children and adults.
He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 2 Corinthians 1:4
- We pray for the church. May we rise up in unity. May race not be a dividing factor in our faith and ability to unite. May our eyes to be opened to see the needs of the community even if we do not understand it.
Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing. 1 Timothy 2:8
___________________________________________________________________ Not everyone will understand why cases like Freddie Gray, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, etc. are important to the Black community but I do believe that one thing we as Christians can unite on is prayer. It is time for us to pray and search our own hearts.
If you are interested in learning more about #FreddieGray or about systemic racial oppression, I have included links to some very credible writers on the subject of reconciliation:
Stay Strong Friends,