“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.”
(Ephesians 6:18a NIV)
Every time there is a tragedy, the social media hashtags go up, “#PrayFor….” It is a way for people to deal with their grief. No doubt, many prayers are said for survivors of terrorist attacks. There is also no doubt that many people across the nation prayed for the families of the five Dallas Police Officers who were killed last week. It shouldn’t take a tragedy to bring us to prayer.
Prayer is communication with God and He wants us to bring our concerns, requests and gratitude to Him in our prayers. You do not have to be on your knees to pray; you don’t need to be in a building with candles burning to pray and you don’t have to be standing in a circle with others, holding hands to pray. In fact, you can pray anywhere and at any time. You can pray while walking your dog; pray while you wash the dinner dishes; while you drive to work; when you exercise, etc. You can pray right here, right now! Go ahead, do it. Every time you open your heart to God in prayer, He hears you! Scripture instructs us to always pray, so that is what we should do.
Groups of people, filled with hate and anger, are stomping their feed and demanding the blood of law enforcement personnel. Today, they are calling for a Day of Rage to cause chaos in cities across America. Jihadists across the globe are manufacturing new and more gruesome ways to murder multitudes of innocent people. The world is dark, and evil has invaded. It is not enough to pray only when tragedy strikes; we must be willing to pray always. This post is not just a call to prayer; it is a call to constant prayer! Let’s build a shield of prayer around those whose job it is to protect us. Let’s build a shield of prayer around those in the path of jihadists. And, let’s keep that shield strong through continued prayer and supplication.
Here are a few suggestions for you to consider:
1) Pray for every member of Law Enforcement in every town, city and rural area in the country (actually, in the world – I am sure police in Britain and France could use your prayers, too). Ask God to protect them.
2) Pray for God to protect each and every member of the United States Armed Forces.
3) Pray for every neighborhood and community to be alert to the dangers and protect them from evil.
4) Pray for the families of Law Enforcement and Military personnel to be strong.
5) Pray for Citizens to be courageous in the face of evil and to be protected from harm.
6) Pray for godly leaders to stand up to the evil and commit to putting a stop to it.
7) Pray for God to soften the hearts of evildoers, so that they will see His Light. And, pray for justice to be done.
“You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in Your Word.”
(Psalm 119:114 NIV)
Dear Reader, please consider joining me in this journey to build a shield of prayer around those whose job it is to keep us safe and free. Consult Scripture for comfort and guidance, and pray continually for God’s protection. If you are so inclined, please share this post with others and think about sharing on your social media accounts. You could use #ShieldofPrayer to connect with others. Also, be aware that you will be attacked on social media for your efforts. Unbelievers and hate-filled individuals of all sorts will berate you for your prayers – pray for them and then step away; don’t let them pull you into the muck and mire with them.
Finally, please study the words of Jesus in these few verses…
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the Name of God’s one and only son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”
(John 3:16-21 NIV)
May God give us the wisdom, strength and courage to build and maintain a shield of prayer to protect and shed Light on this dark and evil world.
Complacency is not an option.