Lament and confession over gun violence

Oh. Lord,

There's been another mass shooting.

I can't imagine how your heart hurts to see your creation turn on itself.

End the violence in our country.

I intercede, Lord, for the victims and the victimizers that live in this country

and call themselves Americans.

I am sick of the violence,

shamed by it,

grieved by it,

astonished by the normalization of mass shootings.

We have blood on our hands.

We may not have personally committed these atrocities,

but many times we have shaken our heads,

cast judgment,

and gone about our day anyway.

Lord, show each of us how we can help change this problem.

Massage our hearts toward compassion, justice, and care.

Give us discernment about the gun-violence problem,

the sin-problem,

and the mental-health problem

that must be addressed and corrected.

We are a country--and a world--filled with desperate people 

who cannot find a way to solve their own heart and mind issues

except to lash out against one another.

We gossip,

we malign,

we injure,

we marginalize,

we kill.

Lord, forgive us for our selfishness 

and disregard for human life.

I pray for us--your children--to rise up and address the issues in love,

to model compassion and justice,

to provide comfort and understanding,

and to bring healing in the name of Jesus.

Let us not leave it to the lawmakers alone.

Let the church stand in the gap.

I pray this in Jesus' powerful name,


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Lament about Oregon shooting

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Lament for a homicide: when a child kills a child

An American prayer: lament and confession

Forgive us, for we have sinned: a unilateral confession of racism

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Prayer for Charlottesville

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A prayer for justice and vengeance

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