“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:4 NIV
My heart is burdened and heavy – I don’t understand.
I don’t understand why a man planned a brutal attack on a crowd of people attending a concert.
I don’t understand why 59 people died and over 500 were injured.
Mothers, Fathers, friends and others went for a night of music and never returned home.
It is senseless and violent and scary.
It makes us afraid. It makes us anxious about our future and safety.
We gather loved ones close. We huddle around our televisions and remember the many outdoor concerts we’ve attended. “It could have been me” we think.
The act is evil. We can’t get our minds around it. We wonder where God is in this madness.
So we pray.
We pray for those who were killed and their families. We pray for those who were injured. We pray for first responders, nurses and doctors overwhelmed by the need.
We pray for our country.
We are stunned by the enormity of this act.
So we pray:
Father God, Lord Jesus,
I come to You today with a broken heart and no way to comprehend the devastation and tragedy of Las Vegas. It is impossible to make sense of this.
I lift up the victims, their families and friends. I pray Your comfort for them. I pray they feel Your Presence in the midst of tragedy, devastating loss and pain.
I pray for our country that instead of blaming, our grief will bind us together. I pray we turn to one another, hug our children and trust our God is bigger than all of it.
I pray for the survivors – those traumatized by the event and all they heard and saw. Instead of guilt, I pray they feel gratitude and I ask healing for their hearts and minds.
I pray for the first responders, the nurses and doctors who did their best in the face of so many needs.
They could not save them all.
I pray God, You give them comfort and the peace of knowing they did the best they could.
I pray for those who deny our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in spite of desperate need.
I lift up all of us today as we try to make sense of a world where this can happen.
I pray we refuse to let the enemy rob us of our freedom and quality of life and we press against the fear and panic that tells us we are not safe.
We rest in who You are Lord – sovereign, good, faithful, compassionate, mighty and just.
This world has evil, disease, poverty and death – but You have already won the battle.
Through Your Word, we know love wins.
Thank you for loving us and that You never leave or forsake us. You are with us always – even in our darkest hour.
In Jesus’ Holy, Precious Name,