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July 9, 2016

Healing the Divisions

“There have been police-involved shootings here in the U.S., and it hurts to hear the cries and pain of the black community. And then Thursday night, there was a brutal attack on police officers—the deadliest incident for U.S. law enforcement since September 11, 2001—here in Dallas, Texas, and it hurts to experience the grief and fear of our city. Creation groans. Our spirits groan. We don’t know how to solve the problems or heal the aches, but the Holy Spirit does. We need His wisdom, revelation, and compassion to overwhelm all of our hearts.”1

“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:21-23; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  1. Pray that the flood of violence would stop! The enemy wants to bring chaos and destruction, so cry out for a standard to be raised against him.

  2. Ask the Lord to grant peace in our communities, that trust would be restored between the public and law enforcement.

  3. Pray for comfort for the families of those who have been killed.

  4. Bind a spirit of division, and loose a spirit of unity. Across all lines—racial, denominational, regional, etc.—pray for people to come together in grace and compassion, setting aside selfishness and seeking to understand each other.

  5. Pray for the voices of those speaking wisdom, truth, and sound solutions to be amplified; pray for the voices speaking foolishness, hatred, and division to be silenced.

A prayer you can pray:

We command the violence to stop, in Jesus’ Name! Lord, You can see what is behind the scenes and You know the plans the enemy has to stir up chaos and violence, turning various groups of people against one another. We humbly ask for a spirit of unity, instead. We ask You to raise up voices of wisdom and cause their voices to be loud and clear. May the truth they speak be louder than the voices of those calling for violence. Heal our divided nation, Lord. Heal us now. In the Name of Jesus, amen.

Today’s decree:

We look to God to provide answers to divisive issues and cry out for a spirit of unity to rise up!

1 Adela Just, “Pray With Us: Violence in Dallas and Around the World”. Generals.org, 7/8/16. You can learn more about Adela Just here.