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Wednesday, December 19

A Beautiful Collection Of Prayers

Nearly a week has passed since tragedy struck Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. In the coming weeks the world will return to life as usual, but for many time has stopped.

These families need our continued prayers. I thought on this little blog space today we could pray together.

Here is one of the prayers I’ve written…

Sweet Jesus, we come to You broken-hearted for the families and friends in Newtown, Connecticut. We have no words, only tears. So, we turn to Your Word… “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted,” Matthew 5:4 (NIV).

Oh God, comfort them. Hold them close. Restore hope. Lavish Your most tender mercies upon every soul weeping in the midst of this deep sorrow.

We ask this in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

I would like to invite you to leave your own prayer in the comments below. Your comments will be a beautiful collection of heart-felt prayers helping to carry the deep grief of others to our Comforter, our God.

Discussion

  1. 569

    Father, I feel like I don’t have the words to pray for these precious families. Bring comfort to them like no one else but You can. I pray that good come out of something so horrific. May your lost children come to find You through this tragedy. Lord, wrap your arms around these families and allow them to feel your warmth, love, and mercy. It is in Your Sweet and Holy Name I pray. AMEN!

    • 570

      Dear GOD,

      Please continue to give strength to the families of those who lost children in last week’s nightmare! You now have 26 more angels to help you…Wrap your loving arms around their mommies, daddies, sisters, brothers, grandparents and friends…In Jesus name I pray…Amen!

    • 571

      Father,
      I pray for all those affected by this tragedy. I lift up to You those who witnessed or heard the chaos and pain. I pray they will be able to forget what that sounded and looked like. I pray that you will rain down on all of them your peace and forgiveness so they can forget and move on. I pray they will grow up and be happy peaceful mommies and daddies, friends, coworkers and witnesses for your healing power. I pray that powerful people of God meet them where they are at right now, and hold them the way You would. I pray Lord for the Mommies and Daddies, brothers, sisters, grandmas and grandpas, aunts and uncles and cousins and friends. I pray they will somehow be encouraged this Christmas, and know their loved ones are celebrating with You this special day, the day You sent your Son to us so that they could be with You. I pray that the families will help each other through this grief and they will not feel guilty for anything they think they should have done differently in their child’s short life here on earth. In the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

      • 572

        just to say may the LORD comfort the families of all who lost their lives in this tragedy.
        we cannot even try to understand how the families are coping.
        all we can say is that our prayers are with them at this sad time.
        help them to get through it all.
        also to remember the good times that these children & teachers shared with their families.
        may the love of God surround the community of Sandy Hook.

    • 573

      Dear Lord God….Im so speechless at what to say to even begin a prayer for the families who have suffered this unimaginable tragedy. My heart is stuck on the mommies most of all right now. Maybe it’s because i relate to them the most but i will follow your lead ob this one Lord. Provide the peace that surpasses all understanding Jesus. Fill their grieving hearts and empty arms with your love Lord. Give rest to the mommies whose pillows are soaked with tears each night and don’t let the devil use this situation to steal from them a normal life. Please turn this around to be used for your glory one day.

  2. 574

    Dear God, you know the pain that afflicts every heart. In this season of festivity, when the Newtown families must feel far away from celebration, I pray that by your grace they are able to celebrate the birth of hope in their hearts, in their lives and in their families. Hold them close lord. We dont understand how it would happen, but we believe nothing is impossible with you. Your word is powerful and I pray that you reveal your word in special ways into the lives of the families in Newtown.
    Psalm 119:28 My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.

    Amen.

  3. 575
    Carol Pettus says:

    Dear Father
    I pray for Your supernatural peace that surpasses All understanding for these families and
    volunteers of Newtown , Conn . In Jesus’ name . Amen.

  4. 576

    Father,
    I cannot comprehend and try to process what happened last Friday. The feeling is too overwhelming to put it in words. I pray that your hand be on the families affected…that they constantly feel your presence at all times. I pray that they turn to you, as only you can provide the comfort and healing they need.

  5. 577

    Father God, Wrap your loving arms around the families who lost their loved ones last week. My heart hurts for them and all they have lost. Help them to find a way to heal and to cherish the memories they had with their children, spouses, friends, brothers and sisters. You are the God of all comfort and I pray for you comforting presence today. In Jesus Precious Name. Amen

  6. 578

    Oh Father…you are not a stranger to the grief these mommies face right now. You know it personally…the loss, the wishing you could change things but knowing you can’t. Oh God, the sense of loss these mom’s feel seems unending. Please do as you promised in your word…to “comfort those who mourn”…because they are INDEED mourning. May you envelop them with a comfort only YOU can bring. And as they feel each step of this grieving process POUR out your Grace to handle the feelings that are raw and deep and give them Grace to allow YOU to make beauty from these tragic ashes. Oh God, ONLY YOU can make what is broken whole again…do this for these mommies. For their good and YOUR Glory. In the name of Jesus our great Healer…Amen

  7. 579

    Heavenly Father:
    Your son took children into His arms and blessed them in the Gospel. Please put your loving arms around the families and friends of those so tragically taken from them last week. No words can express the pain suffered by them. Words are all we have to offer condolences. You can supernaturally reach down into the minds and hearts and let them know that you are Present with them.
    Help them through this time of deep distress and continue to make yourself known to them in the coming months and years.
    In the name of the one who said” Let the little children come unto me”
    Amen.

  8. 580

    Dear Father,
    You are the Father to the fatherless, to those children that lost their parent who was a teacher, you are the Saviour to all those that are mourning right now, you are the Holy Spirit, the comforter that all creations needs and I pray that every mom, dad, grandparent, sibling, teacher, friend and all the community will have a revival, a salvation experience because of all this. What the enemy counts as a devise to destroy, you will take it all and turn it around for good. Be with those who weep and mourn, bottle their tears up oh God and put their prayers into your bowls in heaven. Let not one person go missed. Let people come to their rescue in what ever the needs are. When financial need comes, let those needs be taken care of now and the future. Let this situation not be one that we forget, but always keep them in our memory oh God. Thank you Jesus that you know what it is to suffer deaply and immeasurably, and you can hold each family in your huge arms. Thank you for that Oh God. In Jesus’ name.

  9. 581

    Dear Lord,
    Your word says, that if “My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” Our hearts are broken, we choose to humble ourselves, and ask for your forgiveness; please come and heal our land from this terrible tragedy. Thank you for being true to your word, and thank you for sending your Holy Spirit to be our Comforter. Please make yourself known to each family, each friend, each first responder, everyone impacted by this situation and give them your mercy and grace in their time of need. Please give us wisdom and guide those in authority over us as we respond to this situation. We love you, Lord Jesus. Amen.

  10. 582

    Dear LORD, I lift these hurting parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends up to you. Please fill them with your presence, allow them to feel and experience you stronger than ever before. Fill them with peace that only You can provide. Their children are in Your loving arms and we thank you for that. Hold them up, give them strength through the power of your Holy Spirit. Give them a reason to keep getting up every morning, a reason to keep putting one foot in front of the other. Give them the sustainable energy to endure the grieving days to come. Please allow them to see, read, listen to any help that may provide them with some ease and comfort. We don’t always understand, but we choose to keep the faith. May the community lean on your never changing, omnipotent, unmoving, unwavering love for them. There are so many affected, strangers to me, but thank you Lord that you know them on an individual basis and thank you for the opportunity to care for them through prayer. I know you hear my genuine prayer for these people and will answer accordingly. Where 2 or more are gathered in your name, there you will be also. Matthew 18:20. AMEN.

  11. 583
    Earlene Jennings says:

    Dear Lord, words cannot express what these families are going through. We should not let this be the time to hug our little ones, we should already have hugged them and had already thanked God for giving them to us to care for and love. The evil in the world is ever changing but God is everlasting in his love for us. Put all your fears,tears,sadness, stress, longing,hatred,sleepless nites and all that you feel will never go away and lay it at Jesus feet. You know not who I am but my heart and prayers are with you today ,that day ,and everyday. May God bless watch over and keep you until he places those precious little ones in loving arms once again. Stay strong in the Lord.

  12. 584

    My heavenly Father please wrap your loving arms around the moms & dads during this time, the little children as well. May they continue to call upon a Living Savior, comfort them in this time. May we as a nation continue to lift up this community, let us not forget them. In Jesus name. Amen

  13. 585

    Heavenly Father, plese hold each one of them in Your arms. Allow them to feel Your Presence. Grant them comfort that only You can give. Help us not to forget to continue to pray for them and all who suffer tragic loss.

  14. 586

    Heavenly Father, comfort these precious families as only you can. Hold them as they weep, bring times of peace for their troubled souls. Love them with your everlasting love. Strengthen their weak bodies as they begin to live again. Whisper sweet words of comfort as they sleep. In your precious and Holy Name, Amen.

  15. 587
    Jere' Hunter says:

    DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER…FATHER GOD WE WORSHIP YOU FOR WHO YOU ARE WE BLESS YOUR HOLY NAME..OH GOD WE BEEN THROUGH TOO MUCH NOT TO PRAISE YOU..YOU BROUGHT US THROUGH TOO MUCH FOR US NOT TO GIVE YOU GLORY..OH GOD YOU ARE STILL A GOOD GOD EVEN WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN…GOD YOU SAID THAT YOU WOULDN’T GIVE US MORE THAN WE CAN BARE THAT WE CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH YOU CAUSE YOU ARE OUR STRENGTH..GOD WE JUST ASK THAT YOU GIVE THE FAMILIES INVOLVED IN THIS SHOOTING AND THE COMMUNITY THE STRENGTH THEY NEED TO GET THROUGH THIS.. YOU SAID WHERE WE ARE WEAK THAT YOUR STRENGTH IS MADE PERFECT..FATHER GOD I JUST ASK THAT YOU BE THE SOURCE OF THEIR STRENGTH AND THE STRENGTH OF THEIR LIVES..OH GOD WE THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU HAVE DONE, DOING, AND GONNA DO IN THEIR LIVES..GOD I PRAY THAT YOU GIVE THESE FAMILIES A PEACE THAT SURPASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING DURING A TIME LIKE THIS..GOD WHEN THESE MOMS AND FAMILIES FEEL ALONE PLEASE COMFORT THEM AND LET THEM KNOW THAT YOU’LL NEVER LEAVE THEM NOR FORSAKE THEM…THAT THEY CAN COME TO YOU AT ANY TIME AND YOU’LL BE THERE..OH GOD I PRAY THAT THESE FAMILIES WILL HOLD ON TO THE LOVE THAT THEY SHARED WITH THEIR LOVED ONES AND THAT THEY’LL LET GO OF THE HURT FROM THE TRAGEDY..GOD YOU SAID WHERE THERE ARE 2 OR 3 GATHERED IN YOUR NAME THAT THERE YOU ARE IN THE MIDST SO GOD WE JUST ASK ALL THESE BLESSINGS IN YOUR PRECIOUS HOLY NAME GOD..IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN!

  16. 588

    Heavenly gracious Father, pour out your comfort, peace, and strength over every mommy, daddy, sibling, family member,emergency responder, and school personal today and everyday for the rest of their lives. I cannot fathom how they must feel, but I do know that you are the Ultimate healer and comforter and that you are with them! Thank you Father God for being beside them and readily available to envelop them in your arms and strength! Bless and encourage them! In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

  17. 589

    Dear LORD, Thank you for the gift of being able to come to You! Please be with all the hurting people touch by this shooting. You know each one and know what it is like to hurt like they do. Please turn this evil into something good. You are the only One who can. May Your love and comfort be felt by all. In Your Name, Jesus, Amen!

  18. 590

    Dear Lord, please be with all the families affected by the enormous tragedy in Newtown. Please wrap Your love around them and give them peace that passes understanding. In Jesus’s Holy Name, Amen.

  19. 591

    Father God, You are holding the children right now …and the teachers and staff. They are smiling with You, at You. They are content, playing joyfully in Your Peace! But You see their moms, dads, brothers and sisters, their husbands, their children, left on earth, …and their expressions are quite different. They moan. They long for. They do not understand. Oh Father, You are Able to do Immeasurably More than all we can ask for or even imagine! Please bring heaven …. as much of You and Your blessed gifts as they can possibly hold … to Comfort and Heal their broken hearts. Teach us all how to pray…those most deeplly affected, and those of us who know not one person from Connecticut…but who know how You can use prayer to miraculously Heal, give Hope, Peace, and even Joy to people we will never know (on this side of heaven) Thank You God now, for how You will heal these families, and for all the God stories that are happening even now tonight to these families. In Jesus, Your One and Only’s Name, Amen.

  20. 592

    Lord, You are good, righteous, holy and awesome. As these families go through the ordinary seconds, minutes, hours and days that will await them in the days ahead, my prayer for all of them is that they sense Your all powerful hand that’s keeping. Heavenly Father we may never understand why evil seems so pervasive, but we do know Your character and we can trust You to take even this tragedy Lord and turn it into something redeemable and good. Help us to see beyond the sadness and despair to a time of hope and healing. In the name of Your precious Son, Jesus Christ, we count our requests as being done.

  21. 593

    Heavenly Father, I come to you along with my other sisters in Christ, and ask that you would minister to these precious people in Newtown CT. Lord, please minister to every person who has been touched in this horrible event, and give them the Peace beyond all understanding as they have to deal through this horrible time. But Lord, you promise that if we love and obey you, you will bring bad things and turn them into good for your glory. Lord I cannot begin to feel the pain they are going through, but Lord I ask for Your Peace, Strength, Comfort and Healing for every person in this town Lord. Please Heavenly Father, pour your spirit on every soul I pray, and if there are those who do not believe in you, may they come to you now, and ask you to be their Saviour. Thank you Jesus for all these people Lord and for the answered prayer for each of them. In Jesus name, Amen.

  22. 594

    Dear Lord,
    It has been a week since all the little children were taken to play with you, my coworker and I still cry everyday for these babies and their mommies and daddies. I shake and my heart aches just seeing any new story everyday. I pray Lord,that these parents and siblings know your love and can heal during this time of need.I pray Lord you show us all how to help and heal from such terrible events. I pray for the surviving children and their families while they all try to cope with all that has happened and that as a nation we can all learn from this. I pray dear Lord that no child or parent has to go through this again. I thank you Lord,
    In your name,
    Amen

  23. 595

    Abba Father,
    Scripture tells us one of Your Names is El Roi which means “The God who sees.”
    You see the gut-wrenching grief of every Mom and Dad and grandparent,
    each sibling, relative and friend of these precious little children. You see the overwhelming grief of these teachers families
    and loved ones. And Your heart of Love is moved with Great Compassion. I pray in the matchless name of Jesus, that
    by the power of the Holy Spirit, You would be their comfort and consolation in their affliction, that Your Word would revive
    them and give them life, and hope and peace. I pray for the first responders and others affected by this unspeakable horror.
    I pray that they will look to Jesus, the Only One who is Able to heal their minds and hearts and souls. For the churches of Sandy Hook, I pray that God’s people would look to the Word for strength and wisdom about how to be the hands and feet of Jesus to their community. Oh, God, please hold the community of Sandy Hook together, in Your great mercy heal their town, and somehow God, somehow, redeem these dark days for good. You are the Only One who can. Amen.

  24. 596

    O loving and understanding Father,
    We pray that the peace that you promised, that certainly must pass all understanding, envelope and comfort all those involved in this tragedy. O God, help us never forget and take your blessings for granted, and each day, show us how to live in ministry for You, in ways that would bring You glory. Show us how to help those whose mental state is such that they would be capable of committing atrocities. In this time of advent we wait for Your coming, and In Your Son’s precious name we pray, Amen.

  25. 597

    No words can express the grief everyone feels for your loss.
    Know that in your mourning The Lord is blessing you, and comforting those who lost their lives at this very moment.
    May He be with you and give you strength, love, and peace as you deal with this unspeakable tragedy.

  26. 598

    Dear God,
    It is so difficult not to question you at a time like this. I pray that you will help us to have faith that you hold us all in your hands. Please wrap the families of those lost at Sandy Hook in your loving arms and help them to get through this terrible time. Help our nation to return to you and to send our prayers and thoughts constanly to these families. You are the only one who can help us through this. I ask that you reach down and touch each heart in Newtown and let them know you are holding their loved ones close to you. Amen

  27. 599
    Gayle Humbertson says:

    Dear Heavenly Father. I pray a special prayer for all the mommies and daddies and brothers, sisters, who have a hole in their heart and a emptiness that only you can heal. I am in awe of how You and only You can ease some of the pain they feel and pray in Your name for peace in our homes, schools and churches. Thank you Jesus that you have all the families involved in this attack, in Your loving arms. In Jesus Name I pray amen.

  28. 600
    Gayle Humbertson says:

    I just received this prayer and thought this is an awesome picture of Heaven and all those who have suffered loss.

    twas’ 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38
    when 20 beautiful children stormed through heaven’s gate.
    their smiles were contagious, their laughter filled the air.
    they could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there.
    they were filled with such joy, they didn’t know what to say.
    they remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day.
    “where are we?” asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse.
    “this is heaven.” declared a small boy. “we’re spending Christmas at God’s house.”
    when what to their wondering eyes did appear,
    but Jesus, their savior, the children gathered near.
    He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same.
    then He opened His arms and He called them by name.
    and in that moment was joy, that only heaven can bring
    those children all flew into the arms of their King
    and as they lingered in the warmth of His embrace,
    one small girl turned and looked at Jesus’ face.
    and as if He could read all the questions she had
    He gently whispered to her, “I’ll take care of mom and dad.”
    then He looked down on earth, the world far below
    He saw all of the hurt, the sorrow, and woe
    then He closed His eyes and He outstretched His hand,
    “Let My power and presence re-enter this land!”
    “may this country be delivered from the hands of fools”
    “I’m taking back my nation. I’m taking back my schools!”
    then He and the children stood up without a sound.
    “come now my children, let me show you around.”
    excitement filled the space, some skipped and some ran.
    all displaying enthusiasm that only a small child can.
    and i heard Him proclaim as He walked out of sight,
    “in the midst of this darkness, I AM STILL THE LIGHT.”

    • 601

      This is such a powerful poem; I am left in tears of sorrow and of joy. My son is spending his first Christmas in Heaven this year and I miss him so much. I can only imagine the preparations he is helping with and how wonderful it is for him to be a part of the great celebration of Jesus’ birth.

      God, I pray that you are with all of the families that have lost a child and the friends they left behind here on Earth. I pray that you comfort them in only a way that you can and lift them when they are in the darkest hours. I know the pain these parents are feeling and I also know of the comfort that only You can provide during this time of grief. The weight of each day to come will seem unbearable; I pray that you hold them, lift them, and help to heal the gaping whole in their hearts. Please pray for me, for the families and friends that miss our children and loved ones so much; especially when we do not have the strength to do it for ourselves. Days will come and go, others will go on with their daily lives, but these parents will never live life the same as before. Our earthbound angels are in Heaven with You now, and by Your saving grace, we will see them again. In Jesus precious name I pray, Amen.

  29. 602

    Oh Gracious Heavenly Father,
    My heart aches with grief for the mothers, fathers, siblings, grandparents, other relatives, friends and coworkers of those precious children and adults whose lives were brutally taken by an instument of the Evil One last Friday. I pray for all those who have had to deal directly with these victims and their families and friends, those like the first responders, the funeral home employees, the doctors and other medical staff… This event has caused so much pain, anguish and loss for so many, even for those like me who live far away and don’t know any of these people personally. But in my heart I feel angry God, too. I know that this unimaginably horrific event grieves Your heart even more than it grieves ours, and sometimes I cry out to you, “Why did you let this happen, Lord? I know You are all powerful. Why didn’t you stop this from happening?” And yet, deep in my heart I know that this happened because of Sin, and the power that Satan has on this earth until Jesus returns. Oh, God, how I cannot wait until that day when Satan will be destroyed forever! Please help all of those who need You so much, at every turn and in their deepest grief and hopelessness, may they know You, and the hope that You give through the ultimate sacrifice of Your own Son Jesus for our sakes. Help them to feel the unmistakable sense of Comfort and Peace that only You can give, and may they know that they will be reunited with their precious ones someday in Heaven. We know that they are there with You, and that You are caring for them, and that You love them even more than anyone on earth does. In Jesus strong Name I pray, Amen.

  30. 603

    Father–
    Words don’t come easily when trying to pray for this horrible, terrible tragedy in Newtown. Only you know the unspeakable grief that the families affected and this community are feeling in this moment. Please Lord, put them right in the palm of Your loving hand and provide comfort to them in this very moment, and then for years to come. If there is some good that can come from this, please let it be. Perhaps that would lend a scrap of solace to these families. Lord, we just thank you for the outpouring of sympathy and prayer that has come from around our nation and even our world for this community and I pray Lord that it will continue. In Your loving name I pray,
    Amen

  31. 604

    Much love, many prayers and peace to all of the precious families of Sandy Hook…

  32. 605

    Oh Lord,
    My heart aches for all of the families, the teachers, the children, firemen, police and all responders. Lord, especially the mommies. It’s a sadness for them that is so overwhelming standing at from a distance that it’s hard to fathom the pain they are experiencing. I lift them up to you Lord. Hold them with your strength and peace, surround them with all that they need. Comfort all of the daddy’s as well. Give them the strength and love to be there for their families. Help me Lord, to remember them in prayer, especially when time passes and life goes back to “normal”. I know you are with them, and I am so grateful and thankful for that. What a day that will be, when they all reunite with Jesus! Until that day Lord, guide and lead them to your peace. In Jesus name ~ Amen.

  33. 606

    Daddy, I pray in agreement with my sisters in Christ that You lift up the family, friends and community of Sandy Hook. I also lift up those who have been down this dark road before. Prince of Peace fill these wounded hearts with Your peace and comfort. You are the Lifter of Our Head. You pull us out of the dark places and set our feet on solid ground. In You we find hope and courage to face another day. As individuals greive in their own ways, help them to remember those who remain- their spouses, children, family and friends. Do not allow them to slip into the depths of depression, so many still depend on them. Daddy, Aba Father, use this tragedy to unite families, show them in time how to forgive. Do not allow them to be consumed by fear, bitterness or anger. Understanding may be beyond our grasp, for we live in a fallen world. But You are good! You O Lord are faithful! The lyrics to “This One Thing Remains” fills my soul for these brokenhearted: “Your Love never fails, it never gives up, never runs out on me….” May they one day be able to lift their eyes to You and proclaim- “I will praise You in this storm…” There are many who will blame You for allowing this to happen, Daddy please forgive them. Speak to their hearts. Give them Your peace that surpasses all understanding. May this tragedy, like many before it, remind us that life is fragile. Instead of arguing, may we be reminded to hug the ones we have just a little longer. Each day is precious!

  34. 607

    Lord, I can’t even imagine what the Sandy Hook families are going through. But you know. You know the grief of losing a child. Please Lord, fill the families with your presence and give them your peace. On their worst days, after all the media attention fades, be there with such a obvious presence that these families will know that they can rely on your strength to get them through another day. In Jesus name, Amen

  35. 608

    connie’s blog
    Just a thought…
    Enough!

    “Stop! That’s enough of this.” Luke 22:51 (God’s Word translation)

    In the wake of Friday’s events, there are so many emotions that I am experiencing, so I can only imagine that you are as well. I sit here watching the news channels who have released the pictures and names of the victims. There are so many stories that are emerging from the wreckage of the headline. And as many times as I have rehearse it in my head, it is just so wrong. I am so angry that someone would take out their frustration and anger in life on these innocent children and teachers. These children have yet to live, their personalities and friendships are just blooming. Yet in the blink of an eye, they are gone. Gone to be in the arms of Jesus while the rest of the school, families, and nation, try to figure out what to do next.

    Over the past few days I have so many words that have invaded my mind, however the most prominent one is the word “enough”. Enough of all of this! Enough violence, enough massacres, enough excuses, ENOUGH! There is a story in the bible where Jesus actually yells these words out to all of his own. It comes after He spends some time in serious prayer with the Father asking Him to take the cup of what was to come, only if it were the Father’s will. His prayer was so intense that it says His sweat turns to drops of blood, yet the strength to endure what was next came upon Him from an angel.

    In Luke 22, the time had come for what was written to become reality. It says Jesus was speaking when a group of men came toward Him, led by Judas. In verse 48, Jesus said to him, “Judas, do you intend to betray the Son of Man with a kiss?” When the others around saw what was happening they all got a little meshuga and pulled their swords. Peter pulled his sword and cut the ear of the chief priests servant, severing it from the mans body. Jesus knew that the days occurrences where the will of God and that His time had come to die. Verse 51 says But Jesus said, “Stop! That’s enough of this.” Then he touched the servant’s ear and healed him.

    You see even though what went down wasn’t what He wanted, Jesus knew that it was what had to happen to fulfill the prophecy of the words spoken by God. So when the men tried to defend Him with violence, Jesus had to stop the insanity. It doesn’t matter why we do what we do as much as it matters that we do it. Sometimes in our lives, there are past hurts and frustrations that lead us to be angry, bitter, and resentful. What God is saying here is that even if we have a right to be angry, we can not act on it. He is saying that even when defending His name, we cannot get violent.

    I get that there is mental illness. I understand there is pain that hasn’t been dealt with. What I don’t understand is the unnecessary violence that has become our right as humans lately. If you have had a rough life, (which there are more of us reading this that can relate than not), seek help! There is healing but you have to do something about it to make it happen. The bible speaks on faith being two fold. One part is to believe that God can heal. The second part is to take a step toward that healing. Like the lame man in John 5 that sits by the pool complaining how everyone cuts in front of him. He could be healed if someone would just help him in the water. Yet when Jesus walks by him, He asks “Would you like to get well?” In verse 7 it says the sick man answered Jesus, “Sir, I don’t have anyone to put me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I’m trying to get there, someone else steps into the pool ahead of me.” I love Jesus’ response in verse 8 “Get up, pick up your cot, and walk.” It says that the man immediately became well, picked up his cot, and walked.

    I share this story from experience my friends, I spent a life time being bitter and angry with the circumstances that my life had collected. I had every excuse for why I acted, thought, and felt the way I did. But it wasn’t until I picked up my own mat and walked that I actually began to heal. Through God’s word, Jesus spoke so clearly to me when He said “Enough!”

    Remember after Jesus yelled for the men to stop the violence, He touched the servants ear and healed him. This is what happens in life, we must stop what we are doing and take a step of faith toward Jesus. He will heal you if you allow Him to. So place your faith in Jesus Christ. He is the answer to all of life’s problems. They don’t necessarily go away. Jesus still had to die so that we would not have to spend eternity apart from God. But an angel from heaven gave Jesus the strength to go on. If we are in Christ, we too have that strength right inside of us.

    So again i say enough! Enough blaming others for your hurts, pick up your cot and walk toward healing. Enough hiding Christ under a lamp stand, be bold as we are told in scripture. Enough making excuses for the way we live, the addictions we hold so dear, surrender it all to Him. The One who came to live as us, teach us, and die for us that we may have life forever with Him. Let’s pray:

    “Dear heavenly Father, I come before Your throne this evening sick. I am so burdened by what has occurred Father, that I don’t know how to think. Your word tells us that You weep right along side of us. It says Your heart breaks for us and our grief. We thank You for giving us eyes to see You, for hearts that love, and ears to hear the truth! We pray for each family directly affected at Sandy Hook Elementary. We pray the motto “Visitors Welcome” remains on their sign. Don’t allow them to shut down Lord, this is what the evil one wants. We pray for the children that saw too much. Oh Lord, remove those visions, give them peace, do not allow Satan a foothold on their hurting hearts. Lord, Your word says that with You there is healing. Though it makes not sense to trust someone who we can’t visibly see, I pray for faith to prevail from this horrific situation. I pray that others will know the peace that goes beyond all that we see, think and feel. Thank You Father for Your word. Thank You for loving us. It is in Jesus name that I pray ~ Amen”

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    Mother Mary,
    Sometimes others have to sing my prayers for me because I’m not strong enough to find the words on my own. You share with me your own ways of prayer and reaching out. I think you did that through my friend Brian, who lives in Newtown, Connecticut and is having a very hard December season. He wrote this song especially for the victims.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpIiq3LRMAs
    I pray that You reach others the way You’ve reached me. I pray You build these communities back together and help people see the beautiful even in the tragic. And to Gayle Humbertson, that’s a beautiful poem!

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    Dear God, please hold tightly to those affected by this tragedy. Those families who lost loved ones, those children and adults who were in the building, but whose lives were were spared. Also, please rain down your love and peace on the first responders, and the people of this town who were subjected to this horror. I pray Dear God, that you show them your loving kindness, and that they know that this country and millions around the world pray for them to find peace and comfort in you. Wrap your arms of love around them and help them to get through each minute, hour and day with YOU and all that you provide for them. In Jesus name I pray.

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    Lord, please give these dear souls peace that passes understanding, which only comes from You. Keep them close to You. Please give them strength and encouragement. We love You.

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    Dear sweet Father,
    I will never fully understand how you sent your son to die for us. I can’t imagine losing a precious child. I can’t imagine what the victims’ families are going through right now. Please God, I beg you, to comfort those who mourn. I intercede for them this holiday season. Please give them some peace. I will bear their burdens. Your word says you will never leave nor forsake us. Remind them of that daily. We love you sweet Jesus. We just don’t always understand things that happen. In your precious name we pray.

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    I am not a parent, Lord, but I do feel the pain these parents are going through at this time over the loss of the pride of their lives. I pray that through the priests and pastors of the churches they attend and, especially, from you, O Lord, that they can receive the the strength, comfort and consolation they need to be able to function during this time of incredible loss. Thank you Lord!

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    Father, this Christmas morning, I pray for those families that are were affected by this tragedy in Connecticut. Let them find comfort in your promises that tell us Jesus is the light of the world and will conquer the darkness! Let them feel your loving presence and bring them close to you!

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    Dear Heavenly Father,

    I know you have 20 sweet little children up there with you this Christmas and I’m so thankful they are with you, but please help comfort their mommies, daddies and siblings. I can’t even begin to imagine what they are going through, I find myself in tears so many times just thinking about them and I don’t even know any of them. But you do, and you know what they need. Please keep reminding me to pray for them and please help them to find peace in you.

    Amen

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    kimberly badam says:

    Dear Lord,
    No words can express the depth of grief for these hurting families. You alone are everything that is needed. Lord, may your many names fall upon these families. They need their Rock, their Redeemer, their Savior, their Immanuel, The Lord of Heaven’s Armies, The Prince of Peace and more to clothe them and hold them near. Breathe on them and sustain them each step of this journey. Weave in your timing a grace narrative filled with a greater love for you and a life lived to love others as ourselves. May each family know that they will remain in the hearts of many whom they will never meet this side of heaven but who as part of the body of Christ will be joined with them. In your precious name Jesus, I lift them into your arms.
    Kimberly

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    Dear heavenly Father, we pray for Your grace, Your peace, Your Comfort, Your healing. Only You can meet us in these dark places when we aren’t even sure any more if You are really real.

    God, may You guide, uphold, strengthen, and renew Your loved ones, those You’ve called by name, whether they know it yet or have just forgotten in the pain of it all.

    Only You can sufficiently do these things, so on You alone we rely, for Your Word has promised, “To all who mourn . . . He will give: Beauty for ashes, joy instead of mourning; praise instead of heaviness” (Isaiah 61:3 TLB).

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    Dear God
    I come before you today with such a heavy heart as I think of the horrific tragedy in Newtown. Lord, I have been deeply touched by this event as are so many in our world. As a parent, I pray for the parents of these children that were taken home and of those that remain in our midst. Wrap your loving arms around each and let them feel your presence. May they each draw near to you – yearn for you and be opened to the journey you have planned for their lives. I pray that millions are touched and recognize the true value of human life. That we as a nation grow in love and in action to protect all life. Lord, if possible, I pray that in joining my prayers with the prayers of all in this country that we can help to support and encourage these precious parents and their families. May we see a revival in this land praying that many are led to you and follow your commands.
    PEACE – COMFORT – LOVE – COURAGE – to all ! God Bless You and keep you near.

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    There are no words. THERE IS JESUS. His Peace does pass all understanding. Philippians 4:7

    Quietly say the name of Jesus.

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    All Mighty Father, it’s been nearly 3 weeks since the Newtown tragedy and I still struggle to find the words to pray for those deeply affected by these senseless killings. My heart burns for the mothers who are starting a new year feeling no purpose without their precious children. Lord, I just want to ask that they feel your healing hand heavy on their shoulder as they try to take a breath and move forward each day. I pray they know your Love and find peace in the future reunion we are promised with our loved ones. I pray as a way to send strength in numbers against the battle with evil as it will invoke doubt in the minds of many as a result of this tragedy. Please Lord, strengthen them with your word. I love you. In Jesus name, I lift up these things to you. Amen

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    Melissa Louis-Juste says:

    Dear God,

    Please continue to bless, be with, help, strengthen, comfort, wipe away the tears, send your perfect peace, and your complete joy to all those who lost a loved one in this tragedy. God, please carry them through this hard times and allow them to feel your love and presence today and everyday of their lives. In Jesus Christ’s name I pray, Amen.