Thursday June 16, 2016 Prayer

To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
 O my God, in You I trust,
Do not let me be ashamed;
Do not let my enemies exult over me.
  Psalm 25:1-2

The Psalter is in the middle of the bible.  It is a Prayer Book of songs that David and others wrote to help God’s people speak to God in every imaginable circumstance.  In times of trouble, in times of joy, victory and in defeat, in fear and triumph.  These words are spoken, sung and read by Christians, Jews and people of faith around the world.

There have been Prayer Vigils nightly here in Orlando since the tragic terrorist attack on June 12. On Orange Ave 10,000 gathered, around Lake Eola 5,000 walked and talked with God.  In huge churches and tiny ones people gather to pray for the victims and their families.  Tonight, my Church, Corpus Christi in Celebration will hold a Prayer Vigil too.

It is important to realize that Prayer and Faith are uniquely tied.  No one rings a doorbell unless they believe someone will answer.  It is inspiring to me to see and hear about all these prayers being lifted up… because that means people believe.  They are pouring out their grief and asking for relief from pain from a God who is listening to every plea.  Intercessory prayer for others who are burdened is a beautiful and important way to help when we don’t know what else to do.  People have remarked over and over again how they feel the impact of those prayers.

I pray today Lord and continue to ask You to help those who are in pain because of this tragedy.  Those who lost loved ones, good people in the prime of their life who were struck down by hate.  Help the survivors who are suffering with injuries or PTSD.  Help the medical personnel and police who have witnessed this terrible destruction.  Lord help each person who cries out to You.  You hear and heal.  I trust You to help these people to be whole once more. 

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