“How long, O Lord, must I call for help? But you do not listen! “Violence is everywhere!” I cry, but you do not come to save. Must I forever see these evil deeds? Why must I watch all this misery? Wherever I look, I see destruction and violence. I am surrounded by people who love to argue and fight. The law has become paralyzed, and there is no justice in the courts. The wicked far outnumber the righteous, so that justice has become perverted.”
Habakkuk 1:2-4 NLT
I’m troubled in my spirit as we have heard of the mass shootings, from California, Texas and Ohio. It is devastating to consider the lives lost at the hands of hate who targeted the vulnerable, the marginalized and the little ones.
Some have felt like the prophet Habakkuk who cried out to God but it appeared the prayers had fallen on deaf ears. Some had even said, "Prayer doesn’t work." My brothers and sisters, now is the time to press in, now is the time humble ourselves, to fast and pray and confess our sin to God, who can heal our land.
This is not the time to argue who is right or wrong, from the right or the left, the fruit of this has paralyzed our laws, polarized our people and perverted our justice system. We are devouring ourselves from within.
We need to be a people who understand that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but spiritual for bringing down strongholds. We have some strongholds that need to be broken in this nation. Until we can confess that we will continue to be a nation divided.
So I pray, "Lord forgive us as we have put politics before prayer, law before love and judgment before justice. I pray that we would be a nation who lives out the words of the prophet of old 'He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?'”