A Congregational Prayer for Recent Events
The following prayer was written by Joanne Fagerland for a congregational time of prayer on October 8, 2017. As you watch the news and want to pray for those who were affected, this would be a good prayer to use.
Father, we gather as the family of God today, to pray and to lift our hearts to You.
Lord, we ask that You would bring comfort and hope to the families and friends of all who lost loved ones in Las Vegas. We ask Your hand of healing over the wounded. We ask Your counseling Presence over all those who witnessed scenes they will likely never forget. May all these know that You never leave them, nor forsake them.
Lord, we also continue to pray for all who are still suffering due to the many natural disasters in recent days.
In the midst of darkness, we thank you for all the brave souls who rushed in to assist, who bravely sacrificed to help others. Thank You, that in the midst of great tragedies we have seen great sacrifice and love, which could only be authored by You.
Thank You that as Your children we know there is One who is far greater than any degree of natural disaster, greater than any manifestation of evil in this world. We look forward to the day when evil is finished forever, the day You return in all Your glory! We find our hope and assurance through You alone, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Romans 8:35-19 is a powerful reminder of the security we have in Christ:
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Our God is faithful- Amen!
You may wish to recite the Lord’s Prayer and perhaps sing a chorus of
“Great is Thy Faithfulness”.