Praying for Las Vegas
How are you praying for those affected by the mass shooting in Las Vegas? In a statement, President Donald Trump said, “To the families of the victims: We are praying for you and we are here for you, and we ask God to help see you through this very dark period.”
So, what are you praying? Columbia International University professors were asked about their prayers for Las Vegas.
Dr. Kevin McWilliams, Bible Studies Professor:
First, I am praying for the family and friends of those killed, for those injured and their family and friends, and for first responders and medical personnel – that the Lord would give physical, emotional, and spiritual help (1 Tim. 2:1). The God who sends rain on the just and on the unjust (Matt. 5:45) is grieved by the manifestations of evil in our world and He loves and cares and can minister to each one.
Second, and this is a primary way He does the previous, I am praying for His people, the Church – that they would reach out in compassion and bring light and hope and help into the lives of those directly affected (Matt. 5:14-16).
And also, I am praying for government leaders (1 Tim. 2:1-2) - that they would know how to respond appropriately and sensitively to this crisis.
Dr. Andre Rogers, Church Ministries professor, offers this specific prayer based on Psalm 23:
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” Lord I'm thankful that in the midst of so much death and devastation that you are present even before the first responders. We ask you to minister to every family that lost love ones and those who were wounded. In the days ahead may we never rely on fear because you are with us. Thank you for your guidance and protection as we move beyond this tragedy. Amen.