5 Ways Christians Should Pray Following a Mass Shooting

The mass school shooting that took place in South Florida was a tragic act of violence that shows demonic activity is alive. This shooting was purely from Satan. It was anti-God. It was evil. We have a desperate need for God’s peace. (If you’ve been away from the news cycle, here are the details.)
Now is the time to turn to God in prayer. I encourage you to pray through several Psalms as you process what happened at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County, Florida.

How Should You Pray, in Response to the Shooting?


1. Pray for God’s peace and comfort to fall upon all affected. (Pray Psalm 86:17)


Show me a sign of your favor,    that those who hate me may see and be put to shame    because you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.


2. Pray that this trend of school and church shootings would cease, via the power of God and wisdom of police and security experts. (Pray Psalm 11:5)


The Lord tests the righteous,
    but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.


3. Pray that American politicians would unite in the midst of this tragedy and work together to lead a safer country instead of fighting and blaming. Pray that politicians would not seek to destroy their “political enemies” in the heat of this proverbial summer. (Pray Psalm 32:3-4)


For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away    through my groaning all day long.For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;    my strength was dried up[a] as by the heat of summer. Selah


4. Pray that Christians would respond to this in compassionate ways instead of using this event to merely push opinions of gun control. (Pray Psalm 116:5)


Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful.


5. Pray for a sweeping revival to come to America. We must come back to God. (Pray Psalm 9:9)


The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed,    a stronghold in times of trouble.

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4 Comments on “5 Ways Christians Should Pray Following a Mass Shooting”

  1. You made your political opinion very clear as opposing gun control. That makes your prayer request pretty hypocritical doesn’t it? Ask yourself why the church has become so pro gun and so pro NRA. Then look around you at the dwindling numbers in churches And ask yourself and if your politics is removing people like me from your churches.

    1. Carol, I think you are confusing me with someone else. I do not own a gun and never have. I am not a member of the NRA.

      1. Then don’t inject gun control into your prayer request. That entire sentence could’ve been deleted. And it telegraphs very clearly your opposition to gun control discussion. Take that as a readers response. My question to you went to the legislators is, if now is not the time to discuss guns, when is? We didn’t discuss guns after Newtown Connecticut, we didn’t discuss guns after the Las Vegas massacre, we didn’t discuss guns after the Colorado theater shooting. So tell me, Pastor, when do we discuss guns? Let’s discuss guns in the light of Jesus teachings in the new testament .

        1. I’m not against talking about gun control and never said I was. This article is merely five ways people can pray, following a shooting tragedy. If you don’t believe in prayer, then we can agree to disagree.

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