Marked as the deadliest mass shooting in United States history, the Orlando tragedy left close to 50 dead and over 50 wounded. This shooting, which occurred in the early morning of June 12th at a gay nightclub, followed a string of mass shootings in our nation’s history. Mass killings have become increasingly common in America, especially recently with the rise of radical Islam.
The Orlando shooting, specifically, involved many factors including homosexuality, racism, ISIS, gun control, and political power. As Christians, we are not called to stare blindly and absentmindedly into this tragedy, but instead to awaken and activate our hearts to stand for God’s truth and righteousness in each of these areas.
It seems as if now, more than ever, the enemy (Satan) is instilling fear into the hearts of many through terrorism. Yet, 1 John 4:18 (Amplified Bible) states: “There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but full-grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror!” Jesus Christ is the epitome of LOVE and only in Him can fear flee. Rather than run into hiding, let’s run into the only One who can save. Out of His perfect love, we are free to love people in the same way.
Because of our Father’s perfect, sacrificial love, there is life and victory! Let’s declare life and protection over our homes, neighborhoods, cities, states, and ultimately our nation. National prophet and prayer leader Cindy Jacobs gives practical ways for us to walk out love and freedom in the midst of chaos and terrorism:
“Take a walk around your block or downtown and join us in interceding for the following:
- – Pray for the Lord to comfort the hearts of family members and friends who lost loved ones in the acts of terrorism in Orlando [Sunday morning].
- – Ask the Lord to heal the wounded physically and heal them emotionally from the trauma they experienced. This is something most of us cannot imagine living through.
- – Read Psalm 91 out loud as a prayer of protection over your area and over the nation.
- – Ask the Lord to post an angelic guard over your city, for Psalm 127:1b says, ‘Unless the Lord protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good.’ Ask Him if there is anything preventing His protection, such as current or historical sins of violence. If He reveals something to you, or you already know of something that could be a hindrance to His grace, identificationally repent just like Daniel did in Daniel 9.
- – Ask the Lord to post an angelic guard over your community. Psalm 34:7 says, ‘The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and rescues them.’
- – Decree that every plan and plot of violence and terrorism being formed in darkness will come into the light and that law enforcement will be led to their hideouts before any harm can come to any more innocent ones.
- – Proclaim grace, grace, grace to this mountain of violence! It must come down!”
Here is a prayer to get you started in making declarations over your community:
Prince of Peace, come. In the midst of hopelessness and confusion, we ask for Your tangible presence. Comfort the thousands of family members, friends, and loved ones directly impacted by this tragedy. We declare that, instead of fear, Your peace, which transcends all understanding, covers our nation and guards our hearts. Jesus, we pray that this would be a wake-up call for our nation to pursue You. Holy Spirit, let us not become weary in declaring Your Truth and Life over America. We invite You here; we need You. Let Your Light flood the darkest places in this nation. And Jesus, just as it is your will that all would come to know You, we pray for members of ISIS around the world. Abba, may each one have a genuine encounter with You. Reveal Yourself as the Way, the Truth, and the Life to them. Thank you that the cross was for every person and that everyone has the opportunity to know You.
In Your Name, Amen.