Pray for Peace After Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting

Pray through Isaiah 43:1-7 with us as we ask God to bring comfort to those who are hurting

The synagogue service had just begun. The Torah was waiting to be read. Songs of worship were prepared to be sung.

But a shooter shattered everything when he opened fire on the Tree of Life congregation this Saturday, October 27 th, during their morning Shabbat service. The rampage was one of the deadliest attacks against a Jewish community on U.S. soil.

Eleven people were killed in the shooting. They leave behind friends, family members, and whole communities in mourning. Jewish communities across America have been reawakened to the tragedy of historical injustices against them.

We mourn alongside our Jewish brothers and sisters today. It’s normal to feel helpless in times of tragedy—but Scripture tells us that prayer is powerful and effective (Psalm 107:28-30). If you’re feeling heartbroken with us today, we can pray for God to bring hope and peace to the Jewish community.

Let us pray through Isaiah 43:1-7 as we come before God’s throne together:

God, help the Jewish community here and around the world know your peace amid their heartache and righteous anger.

Israel, the Lord who created you says,

   “Do not be afraid—I will save you.
  I have called you by name—you are mine.
When you pass through deep waters, I will be with you;
  your troubles will not overwhelm you.
When you pass through fire, you will not be burned;
  the hard trials that come will not hurt you.

Show them that you see them, that you are for them, even though they may feel forgotten or abandoned right now.

For I am the Lord your God,
  the holy God of Israel, who saves you.
I will give up Egypt to set you free;
  I will give up Ethiopia and Seba.
I will give up whole nations to save your life,
  because you are precious to me
  and because I love you and give you honor.

Help them find peace in their places of worship when they might feel unsafe. Remind them that you long for them to bring their pain to you. And show us how to show your love to our Jewish friends and family right now. Amen.

Do not be afraid—I am with you!
“From the distant east and the farthest west
  I will bring your people home.
I will tell the north to let them go
  and the south not to hold them back.
Let my people return from distant lands,
  from every part of the world.
They are my own people,
  and I created them to bring me glory.”

Isaiah 43:1-7 (GNTD)

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