The Congregational Office of Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation along with all people of good will denounce the terrorist attacks in Brussels.
Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families whose loved ones were killed or injured in the attacks.
May we unite in prayer and ask our merciful God to comfort and heal those who were direct victims and all who were affected by this event.
Prayer Against Terrorism
Dear Heavenly Father, our protector and defender, today we are joining your people worldwide in praying against terrorism in every form it exists across the face of the earth. We begin our prayer to You with the strong words of Psalm 10:17 “You hear, O Lord, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed, in order that man, who is of the earth, may terrify no more.” We use this strong promise to pray against all terrorists and all acts of terror meant to strike fear into our hearts.
We pray today that we will not be shaken. We claim your word in Psalm 16:8 “I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” And so we shall not be shaken from offering this bold prayer to you against terrorism and for continuing to seek healing, hope and security for all people.
We pray for your divine protection, claiming your word in Psalm 7:9 “O righteous God who searches minds and hearts, bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure.” We pray for those who have been directly affected by terror. We claim Psalm 9:9 for them, “The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.” We thank you that the victims of terrorism are in your heart, that you care as it says in Psalm 10:14 “But you , O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to you;”
We pray for law enforcement and military personnel who protect us from acts of terrorism and who are on the front lines of security. May your angels empower them with supernatural wisdom and discernment and may your angels protect them as they protect us.
We pray for those who inflict terrorist attacks on others. In your mercy, may they be forgiven as they come face to face with you. May the hearts of those who continue to hold evil thoughts and deeds in mind and heart be healed of hardness. May they come to see your desire for all people to live in as brothers and sisters in peace and love.
We pray a fresh empowering of your Holy Spirit upon us as we offer this prayer. May we continue to pray with faith, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” (Matthew 6:10,13)
Empowered by your Holy Spirit, we declare against this terror, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”(Psalm 23:4-6)We now break the power of fear and invite the Holy Spirit’s power of strength, help, willpower and miraculous wonder working power to have full reign in our hearts and minds and in our hurting, terrified world.
We pray in the name of Jesus, the Risen Lord. Amen
copyright Karen Barber is the Founding Director of Prayer Igniters International.