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Prayer Time

November 1, 2016

After reading the article regarding a ‘Black student in MS having had a noose placed around his neck by a white classmates, it makes my heart heavy. (White high schoolers in MS put noose around black student’s neck… https//www.washington post.com)... The student placing the noose committed a criminal act. This act itself is disturbing but the resulting action (or lack of action) by the local officials was equally disturbing. The student and/ or students involved should be required to suffer the consequences of his/their actions.

The word of God tells us: “Withhold not correction from the child, for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die”. (Proverbs 23:13) As parents and officials, we have to hold everyone accountable for their actions. “God chasten those that He loves”. (Hebrews 12:6a)

As parents, we must teach our children to respect others. We must know what they are watching on television, computers and video games. As responsible parents it is our duty to know the people they are hanging out with. Much prayer for healing and unity is needed in casting out the enemy from our schools, homes and communities. The principal, school officials and local law enforcement can’t allow one bad apple to ruin the entire bushel. “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three: but the greatest of these is charity”. (1 Corinthians 13:13) It is important that the local spiritual leaders show solidarity. A potentially beneficial act by local clergy would be to host a “community prayer” to bring the community together on one accord; pray for restoration, healing, love and unity. “We then, that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak and not to please ourselves”. (Romans 15:1)

Satan is busy destroying families and communities. It is crucial that we remember, as born again believers, that Christ is not divided and we can’t allow the enemy to divide us. “Wherein in time past, ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience”. (Ephesians 2:2) We can’t and don’t have time to allow a wall or partition of hate to divide us when Christ has already made us one and broken down the walls and partition that would separate us. “For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us”. (Ephesians 2:14) When Christ died on the cross and rose again with all power in His hand, He destroyed that middle wall of hate and evil. Jesus provides salvation and forgiveness to all those that will accept it. Christ has done too much for us and brought us from darkness to the Glorious Light. “Let nothing separate us from the love of God”. (Romans 8:31)

People are dying daily and the Lord is coming back one day. Whenever He returns, don’t let Him find us playing, doing evil or committing acts of hate. There is no hate in God, “for God is love”. (1 John 4:8) When storms arise in our community, we should reach for love instead of hate. We all sin and fall short of the glory of God. We have to go down on bended knees, repent of our sins, ask God to create in us a clean heart and renew a right spirit within us;” and help us to number our days.

My little children stand firm and don’t allow the enemy to steal your joy and peace. The enemy has brought evil, division and hate to your community. If the officials fail to act accordingly and appropriate to wrong-doing, it could be causing this young man life to be cut short. If there are no consequences in this case, what is the message we are sending? The chances are pretty high that he will do it again. The next time he commit this type of crime could result in the loss of his life or another’s life.

Prayer: Father in Heaven, we humbly come before you casting all of our cares upon you. We ask you to unite this community together on one accord that one cannot fall without the other. We ask you to replace hate with love, division with unity and misunderstanding with understanding. Father, You created us in your image, to love and help one another and to worship you. You said in your word that “we must worship you in spirit and truth”. We know that you have always been with us before this storm; we ask you to be with us during and after this storm. Speak “peace be still” to our storms. Father, don’t leave us but stand with us. Father, we thank Thee that storms don’t last always; just as weeping only last for a night. We thank you for the joy, peace, unity and healing that will come in the morning to this community.

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One Comment
  1. Pastor Marion permalink

    Amen Pastor one apple shouldn’t spoil the rest.

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