Lord, We don’t really know what the hell to pray right now. If there’s one thing we do know, it’s that some folks are in the midst of a living nightmare. Maybe they’re numb from pain; maybe they ache with every movement, every thought, every heartbeat. We can’t really know. Our guts feel something like sickness and something like fiery indignation with each piece of news we hear or read. We’re tired of asking why. The question feels like a sick joke by now.
We can recite the truths we know, fresh on our Easter lips: Christ is risen. New creation is inaugurated. Your kingdom expands like a mustard seed among us. Redemption, reconciliation, and restoration are gaining ground because of your cross and resurrection. Yet this is an all too painful reminder that sin and evil are as present, as twisted, and as vile as ever. We’ll keep holding onto the truth of Jesus. But as for prayer, we’re taking you up, Holy Spirit, on that business of praying the prayers we long to pray when all we’ve got are groaning hearts. That’s us. Translate our bewilderment into the sort of intercessions we want to be capable of. Translate the immense hurt of those immediately touched by this tragedy into mighty prayers for your healing and your justice and your salvation…for your kingdom to come, God.
In the name of Jesus, Amen.