Pray for Baton Rouge, Minneapolis and Dallas

In the aftermath of violence, pray Psalm 46 for God’s peace and comfort

At the end of a week that has included the deadly shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La., Philando Castile in Minneapolis, Minn., and five police officers in Dallas, Texas, we ask you to join us in praying through Scripture for God’s peace and healing in the wake of violence.

As you read Psalm 46 below, pray for the family and friends of the victims. Pray for those who have experienced the immense pain and anger as a result of violence. Ask God to provide comfort, healing, justice and peace as the response to these events continues to unfold.

Psalm 46

God is our shelter and strength,
always ready to help in times of trouble.
So we will not be afraid, even if the earth is shaken
and mountains fall into the ocean depths;
even if the seas roar and rage,
and the hills are shaken by the violence.

There is a river that brings joy to the city of God,
to the sacred house of the Most High.
God is in that city, and it will never be destroyed;
at early dawn he will come to its aid.
Nations are terrified, kingdoms are shaken;
God thunders, and the earth dissolves.

The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge.

Come and see what the Lord has done.
See what amazing things he has done on earth.
He stops wars all over the world;
he breaks bows, destroys spears,
and sets shields on fire.
“Stop fighting,” he says, “and know that I am God,
supreme among the nations,
supreme over the world.”

The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge.

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