I don’t know about you, but one of the things that often stands in my way of praying, is that I don’t really know how. I don’t know the right things to say – I don’t feel quite worthy to “ask” for things. And sometimes it’s like — well it’s been so long, I’d probably offend God by just *showing up* after all the crap I’ve done and just expecting things to be chummy.
But the fact is, the enemy loves to keep us thinking that — reinforcing that roadblock to prayer — so as to keep us from praying.
Because our nation is in desperate need of prayer right now.
So I thought that today, I might put my “I-don’t-know-what-I’m-doing” prayer out there, just so that if you — like me — sometimes don’t know what to say, the concept of praying might not seem so insurmountable.
Oh, my Jesus….
I come before you broken hearted tonight.
– Broken hearted for our nation, in deep deep turmoil: plagued with violence, and pain, and fear and oppression.
– Broken hearted for George Floyd, and the injustice shown him, that led to his murder. For his grieving family and community.
– Broken hearted for my black brothers and sisters, who are so deeply hurting, and tired of facing daily injustices, that myself, and so many, know nothing about.
– Broken hearted for the good cops and law enforcement who are on the front lines, trying to protect the community, and stop the violence, and who are being met with bricks and knives and bullets and molotov cocktails from many who mean them harm.
– And broken hearted for the store owners, who have had their livelihoods ransacked by looters, and those partaking in criminal activity.
I am broken hearted, Lord. And I place all these things at the foot of your Cross.
The cross, where You paid the ultimate price for all of your children. Where you bought back our sins, and created the way for all of us to get to Heaven — no matter our skin color, background, race or nationality.
You died on that cross — and proved the dignity and sanctity — of every single human life.
And I just pray Lord, that You blanket all of your hurting children in the covering of your peace. Cover us with your love. With your mercy.
Give us hearts to truly love one another. Renew our hearts to be compassionate and empathetic. Give us eyes to really see those injustices and ears to truly hear — not only Your voice, calling us to You — but also the words and pains of those without voices.
We are all one family in Christ. Brothers and sisters — one body of Christ. One family of believers. And somewhere along the lines, we’ve forgotten that.
I know, Lord, that what will ultimately solve the unrest and heal our broken and wounded nation, is when we surrender our hearts to You to make new. And I just pray that you awaken in our hearts, a realization for our desperate need for You. And our desperate need for one another.
Strengthen our leaders, and give them the wisdom and fortitude to act according to Your guidance.
And may health, peace, justice, and Your love reign throughout our burning and torn apart land.
In Jesus’ name,
I’d like to invite you, if you feel so moved, to share your prayer in the comments, that we may start a prayer movement here. Sometimes it takes the encouragement of others through example.
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