“At Least 8 Killed in High School Shooting in Santa Fe, Texas.”
The news alert on my phone goes off like an innocuous reminder of some social event I’m forgetting or a reminder to pick up eggs.
I’m at once sick to my stomach and I feel… what? Anger? Grief? Panic? Annoyance? There have been 22 shootings in the US this year and it’s only mid-May. Without even looking online I can already see the barrage of rapid-fire headlines, tweets, and Facebook posts:
“Calling for stricter gun laws…”
“How many more children have to die….”
“Guns don’t kill people; people kill people…”
“Stop praying and do something….”
Anger. I’m definitely landing on anger.
I had nieces and nephews in school in 2012 when Sandy Hook happened. A co-worker read a news report aloud: “Oh my gosh… there’s been a shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut.”
To this day, whenever I hear of a school shooting I think, It could have been my family.
I’m grieved over the appalling and calculated executions of children and the disdain for life one must be so consumed with to actually bring their fantasies of hatred to fruition. I’ve grieved over a nation barely able to catch her breath, forget recover, before another news alert hits their phone. And for the families of the victims… there are no words.
“Stop praying and do something”
Do not let anyone take prayer away from you. Especially now. This is the time for prayer. As a nation we are in need of the greatest intervention, the highest level of discernment and decision-making, and most certainly, a divine spirit of collectiveness. We as the Body of Christ know and must operate in the understanding that, in fact, prayer brings about these things better than any human mediation.
“There are times in our life when we don’t know the direct outcome of our prayers, and the enemy wants us to think that God didn’t hear us or didn’t care. This is never the case, of course, even if we don’t see immediate answers or the outcomes we anticipate.” – Cindy Jacobs, The Power of Persistent Prayer: Praying With Greater Purpose and Passion
Prayer as Action.
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” – Ephesians 6:12
Our politicians, the NRA, and the people who carry out these heinous crimes…. They are of flesh and blood. Our prayers are not to wage war against them. The natural realm is not our battlefield!
Jesus, being both fully God and fully man is of flesh and blood…. Our struggle is not against Him! We do have to convince Him to listen or care… to be on our side.
Our battle is spirit realm, Church. And we must come together – not with tentative, apologetic prayers but with prayers of authority. Light a candle, sure, but how about set a fire in the spirit realm?
“Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” – Matthew 18:18
Even while the rest of the nation is at war with itself, set your mind on things above. Be the praying, believing, calling down heaven remnant.
“It takes courage and perseverance to be the kind of intercessor who will make a difference. It is not always easy. But if you have an interest in putting what God will show you into action, and if you are a prayer warrior, a prayer leader, a minister or ‘simply’ a Christian who prays, you can recognize the call of God to intercede and wage a holy war against the enemy. ” – Cindy Jacobs, Possessing the Gates of the Enemy
There is anger, violence, idolatry, pride, and bigotry in our nation.
But there are also men and women standing on the Word of God, ready to wage war against the principalities of the dark. Ready to pray.
This article was written by US writer, Lindsay Gray who is an editor for GOD TV.