There are times when our own words are insufficient. Our mouth feels like it is full of sawdust and our tongue feels like sandpaper because we don’t know how to respond to a crisis of this magnitude.
But, for a multitude of reasons (good and bad), people will try. In trying they will do everything from blaming God, to blaming religion, blaming people, calling it God’s judgment and everything in-between.
In our modern day socially driven media circus, everybody is looking for an angle to get more clicks and more subscribers.
To avoid the temptation to use a tragedy as a platform, it would be best to put aside opinions and turn to God. How, then, should we pray? How do you pray without an agenda? The best way I know to pray without an agenda is to pray using the character and names of God as my focus in prayer.
Here are some examples that you might want to use as you pray for the families who lost loved ones, a city in mourning, the political ramifications of the tragedy and our nation as it moves forward.
(Note: The scriptures have been adjusted so that you can personalize them.)
As you pray for the families who lost loved ones, pray that “the God who see and cares” would be present among them.
|[You look] from heaven; [You] see all the sons of men; from [Your] dwelling place [You] look out on all the inhabitants of the earth, [You] who fashion the hearts of them all, [You] who understands all their works.|
|Psalm 33.18||Behold, [Your eye] is on those who fear [You], on those who hope for [Your] lovingkindness.|
|2 Chronicles 16.9||For [Your eyes] move to and fro throughout the earth that [You] may strongly support those whose heart is completely [Yours].|
|Hebrews 4.13||And there is no creature hidden from [Your] sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.|
As you pray for the city of Orlando, pray that “the God who is loving and caring” would be on display.
|Psalm 33.5||The earth is full of [Your] lovingkindness. [You are] near to the brokenhearted and [save] those who are crushed in spirit.|
|Psalm 36.5,7-9||Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, Your faithfulness to the skies. How priceless is Your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of Your wings. [I] feast on the abundance of Your house; You give [me] drink from Your river of delights. For with You is the fountain of life.|
|Psalm 103.8-17 (NKJV)||[O Lord You are] compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. [You do] not treat [me] as [my] sins deserve or repay [me] according to [my] iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is [Your] love for those who fear [You]; as far as the east is from the west, so far [have You] removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so [You O] LORD [have] compassion on those who fear [You]; for [You know] how [I am] formed, [You remember] that [I am] dust. But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear Him.|
|Psalm 145.17-20 (NKJV)||[You are] righteous in all [Your] ways, gracious in all [Your] works. [You are] near to all who call upon [You], To all who call upon [You] in truth. [You] will fulfill the desire of those who fear [You]; [You] also will hear [my] cry and save [me]. [You, O] LORD [preserve] all who love [You].|
|John 3.16||For [You] so loved the world that [You] gave your only son, that whoever believes in Him would not perish but have everlasting life.|
As you pray for the political ramifications that will come from this tragedy, pray that “the God who is righteous and just” would step in and give wisdom to those who are in authority.
|Deut. 32.3-4 (NIV)||I will proclaim [Your name]. Oh, praise the greatness of our God! [You are] the Rock, [Your] works are perfect, and all [Your] ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just [are You].|
|Psalm 9.4-6||You have sat on the throne judging righteously. You have rebuked the nations, You have destroyed the wicked; You have blotted out their name forever and ever. The enemy has come to an end in perpetual ruins, And You have uprooted the cities; The very memory of them has perished.|
|Psalm 36.6 (NIV)||Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, Your justice like the great deep.|
|Psalm 45.3-7||Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One, in Your splendor and Your majesty! And in Your majesty ride on victoriously, for the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness; let Your right hand [display awesome deeds]. Your arrows are sharp; the peoples fall under You; Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies. Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; a scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness.|
|Psalm 71.19||Also Your righteousness, O God, is very high, You who have done great things; O God, who is like You?|
|Psalm 96.10,13 (AMP)||[I will] say among the nations that the Lord reigns; the world also is established, so that it cannot be moved; [You] shall judge and rule the people righteously and with justice…[You come] to judge and govern the earth! [You] shall judge the world with righteousness and justice and the peoples with faithfulness and truth.|
As you pray for the nation, pray that “the God who has all authority” would lead this nation and that God would restore righteousness as the foundation for how we move forward as a nation.
|Matthew 28.18||And [You] spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.”|
|Eph. 1.20-23||[Jesus, You have been raised] from the dead and seated at [The Father’s] right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And [the Father has] put all things in subjection under [Your] feet, and [has given You] as head over all things.|
|God highly exalted [You], and bestowed on [You] the name which is above every name, so that at [Your name] every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that [You are] Lord, to the glory of God the Father.|
|Psalm 24.1 (NIV)||The earth is [Yours], and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.|
(scriptures were taken from the Adoration and Proclamation Prayer Book)
My heart is broken for those who lost family and loved ones. I pray that you will turn your concern and grief into prayer during this time,