Prayer Guidance in the Wake of National Tragedy
In the wake of a situation like this, we are often left with little or nothing to say. When Job suffered tremendous calamity (loss of his family, loss of his wealth, loss of his health) his friends came and sat with him in silence for 7 days. When we come face to face with the loss of friends and loved ones or when we come face to face with human evil, it is OK to be speechless. If you are leading a group through this, donít think you have to give people a bunch of answers (particularly if they have lost friends or family).
Also, another response to this situation is anger. People should NOT be discouraged from being angry. In fact, the comfort the Bible gives us in such situations hinges on the fact that God is angry at the destruction of countless human lives in this tragedy. Thus, we take our anger to God and ask Him to work justice.
Some Places to Turn. You can read the passages listed below aloud and let them be a starting point for peopleís prayers. One way to do this would be to introduce each passage with some introductory comments, read the passage and then let everyone pray in response to the passage.
Other Prayer Items
This prayer guide was provided by John Haralson, one of the Pastors at City Church, San Francisco.