PRAYER ALERT: At the 26-mile Boston Marathon, the runners paused before they crouched at the starting line. There was a 26-second moment of silence for the 26 victims of the Newtown massacre, but not a time to pray. A banner also honored the Newtown victims at the 26th mile of the Marathon, not far from the finish line. It was near that finish line five hours later that the explosion in Boston MA happened, causing another horrific massacre.
The race was immediately stopped in the rush of emergency care for the victims. Many lives were saved, but at least three died, including an 8-year-old boy. At least 10 had limbs amputated. At least 17 were in critical condition, out of at least 180 injured. The celebration of Patriot’s Day—the first victories in the Revolutionary War—turned into a day of mourning. We face another day of mourning on April 19. It is the anniversary of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing in which 168 people died.
Are these the consequences of removing God from US government and school buildings, and from most public discourse? A time to pray at public holidays and events has almost everywhere been reduced to a “moment of silence.” Silence will not return God’s hand of protection to this land. Neither will more gun control or bomb control laws. But a time to pray will. God has a clear answer to the explosion in Boston MA and other tragedies like this. “Return to Me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning. Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and He relents from sending calamity…Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a solemn assembly.”
A solemn assembly has been called. It so happens that the National Day of Prayer falls on Thursday, May 2. This gives His people time to prepare to pray in unity about the Boston Marathon bombings. It could be a turning point for this nation—if we fulfill our part of the 2 Chron. 7:14 mandate. But let’s not just wait until then to pray. Let’s take a time to pray right now about the explosion in Boston MA, that these massacres would stop.
A TIME TO PRAY: Father God, You are gracious and compassionate, and abounding with love. You have a special place in Your heart for the United States. You moved our founding fathers to base this nation and countless schools on Your principles. But in many ways now, our government and schools and holidays such as Patriots Day refuse to acknowledge You. Even in the wake of the Newtown tragedy, we argue over human solutions instead of seeking Your solution—a time to pray. We are so divided that our only collective response is one short moment of silence.
But with You all things are possible. And You have many people in this nation with hearts for You. They are working against the tide of national corruption. We ask that You would bring them together for a time to pray into solemn assemblies at the National Day of Prayer. Raise up leaders to sound a clear trumpet call so we may take hold of this opportunity to pray about the explosion in Boston MA. Release Your people from their schedules to devote that time to You. Help us turn from our wicked ways and set a course for us to walk in Your ways. The more we do, the more we will turn the course of this nation to You, for You are our only hope.
Comfort the mourners of the Boston Marathon bombings. Expose and bring the evildoers to swift justice. Cause other plotters of evil to take warning. Turn them from their plans to Your good plan instead. Keep Your intercessors on watch so that future plots will be disrupted. And help us open the way for You to return to our government and schools and celebrations. As we cover the nation in prayer, cover it with Your love and protection. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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