We at the Institute on Religion and Democracy mourn for our brothers and sisters in Christ who were killed or injured as they worshiped our Lord on November 5, 2017. Our hearts break for the parents of the little children slain, spouses who grieve for lost husbands and wives, loved ones who’ve lost friends, and the entire Sutherland Springs, Texas community. Words seem insufficient in the midst of such a horrific tragedy. So with as much clarity as we can muster in these raw moments, we offer this prayer for all those affected by this evil:
Oh Lord, hear us! Another mass shooting. Another call to prayer. Another time to mourn. We need you now.
Father, we first lift up each grieving family member and friend struggling to process their pain and anger. We pray the hurting find rest and peace in you tonight. If their faith rattles because of their confusion and frustration, please surround them with the comfort of your Holy Spirit. May those mourning remember this life is a temporary placeholding. Your children’s eternal home is with you.
Thank you for the lives spared in the church. For all injured, we ask you to mend their wounds. Thwart any post traumatic stress that threatens those who survived this very real nightmare. Grant wisdom to the doctors, nurses, medics, counselors, and volunteers as they provide physical and emotional aid.
We pray you fortify local ministers, lay leaders, and congregants as they minister to their community’s spiritual needs. Ward off the spirit of fear that might keep anyone from attending their local church.
Use your Church to bring unity in the midst of healing from this evil. We pray this tragedy would not be used for others’ selfish political gains.
Above all, through this devastation, we pray you would be glorified.
In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.