Robin J Johnson
This is indeed a moment in time when we must be praying for America.
We are reading and watching our News Services reporting daily the terrible and tragic events unfolding, the chaos, disorder and lawlessness alarmingly rising in cities and communities across the US.
It is not just the death of one black man, George Floyd, that has caused the explosion of emotion and protests throughout the nation, but years and years of injustice. Frustrations over COVID-19 have no doubt contributed, then Floyd’s death was ‘the straw that broke the camel’s back’.
Sounds of anger and desperation from people, not only in the US but all over the world, is rising. Their voices are being raised; enough is enough. It is time that our voice, the Church of Jesus Christ, be also heard loud and long. A voice of love and compassion that starts before the throne of God in intercession and flows down onto the streets of our communities.
This is a nation in desperate need of healing.
People have been hurting for a long time in fact for generations.
The devil is a schemer and an opportunist, taking advantage of a cruel injustice and now he is trying to escalate this into a full blown national crisis.
Injustice, in whatever form or wherever it takes place is always wrong. Racism and bigotry is wrong, in whatever form it takes. It is never right! Nevertheless, it cannot be fought against with more injustice. People of faith must stand, and where and when possible speak out against injustice while engaging in a godly manner. Silence means to be complicit; that must not be our position.
Go and rescue the perishing! Be their savior! Why would you stand back and watch them stagger to their death? 12 And why would you say, “But it’s none of my business”?
The one who knows you completely and judges your every motive is also the keeper of souls—and not just yours! He sees through your excuses and holds you responsible for failing to help those whose lives are threatened.
Proverbs 24:11-12 (TPT)
Today the US is truly in need of a spirit of reconciliation to be manifest across the land. At a time when the nation appears to be devoid of strong, caring and compassionate leadership along with a lack of wisdom at the highest level, we must pray for men and women to stand up and become peacemakers in the midst of the chaotic unrest.
Many across the US are praying. Christian leaders are rallying believers to pray, while speaking out with a voice of reason, wisdom, balance and peace. The need is for more godly men and women who are not trying to escalate the violence, to bring a word of calm as true children of God, peacemakers (Matthew 5:9)
Reports have just come to hand of believers walking and praying in the streets of Chicago. Pastors are standing together to pray for their city. Other believers have been going out on the streets, when it is safe, to offer food and drink to weary police officers who are attempting to keep the peace, protecting property and life.
News sources report gang members protecting property against looters.
An excerpt from YC News 2 June 2020.
The Latin Kings — dubbed the largest Hispanic street gang in the United States — journeyed to Humboldt Park to lock down several neighborhoods. The gang was formed there sometime in 1950.
“3 people shot,” the community announced. “Kings v. Looters and the Kings are still there. Looters left cause they ain’t from here!”
Police responded to the community to find the Kings patrolling and cuffing any rioter. Any armed rioter was shot and arrested by the gang.
There needs to be heard a voice calling for unity and for justice to prevail.
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
The first place the voice must be heard is in heaven, where heartfelt prayer and intercession is raised to God and His Christ, for His divine intervention to bring an end to the lawlessness and madness that is trying overtake the whole nation.
Speaking today Bishop Jerry Macklin asks, “Will we (the Church) find this a teachable moment?” See his whole address at the Empowered 21 Special Presentation
I am hoping and praying that we will be taught of the Lord. May the Holy Spirit…
- Teach us and led us into new depths of prayer and intercession
- Fill us with boldness and teach us to speak clearly and compassionately to not only a hurting nation, but also to a whole world lost in darkness, pain and injustice.
Our God is a prayer answering God! I believe that the Almighty God and His Son Jesus Christ is not going to ignore the passionate, heartfelt prayers of righteous faith-filled men and women, in Jesus name.
Let us with one voice lift our petition to the one true and living God, in Jesus name, and hold on until he comes and the victory is won.