Father God….thank You for always being here when I need to talk. I don’t know why the Creator of the universe would listen to me, but I’m so glad you do! “Morning by morning, O LORD, You hear my voice: morning by morning I lay my requests before you and WAIT IN EXPECTATION.” (Psalm 5:3)

My heart is heavy today, Father. There is fear and violence raging in the streets right now. People are using this opportunity to lash out and speak and act in evil ways. Other people are scared for today, and worried for the future. People are pointing fingers and defensively judging one another. Forgive us – all of us – for letting our emotions run away with us. We’re only hurting ourselves.

To be honest, Father, I don’t know the best way to deal with all this, so I SURRENDER my emotions to You. Replace my human feelings with Your Divine Peace. Help me remember to stop and PRAY before I respond. Give me an overwhelming desire to LISTEN first…and to NOT DISMISS what someone else is saying. And then – if I’m supposed to speak – let me speak Your TRUTH with GRACE. Open our minds to allow for reasonable DISCUSSION. Give us Your perspective on our current events….because our view is so short-sighted. We don’t know what the future holds, but we know Who holds the future….so THERE IS HOPE! “But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise You more and more.” (Psalm 71:14)

And because of that hope, we PRAISE You for helping us turn this around! We know that You alone are able to work in the hearts of man to bring unity amidst division, and peace amidst chaos. It’s a tall order….but You promise to be faithful when we are faithful. And I think it’s pretty clear we – as a nation – need You now more than ever.

Help us, Your Church, to RISE UP and set the tone! Help our praise and prayers DROWN OUT Satan’s lies. Protect our hearts and minds from enemy attack…and help us keep our FOCUS on You. Your Word tells us that the real BATTLE isn’t with one another…it’s with Satan. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:12) Help us remember that when we are speaking with someone who doesn’t share our views, THEY ARE NOT THE ENEMY! Jesus commanded us to love EVERYONE…not just people who believe what we believe, or who voted how we voted. “LOVE ONE ANOTHER As I have loved you, so you must love one another All men will know that you are My disciples if you love one another.” (John 13: 34-35) That’s really hard….so we’re going to need an extra portion of Your Love to pour out on this world, Father. Start with me today. 🙂

We pray these things in the powerful Name of Jesus….