I’ve heard it said before, “all I can do is pray.” Often this phrase is associated with being at the end of hope. Prayer is often times a last chance, hail-mary pass when we have nothing more that we can do.
The situation that has resulted in Orlando this last week reminds me of this. I have seen a similar sentiment as our nation unites to mourn the tragic loss of over 50 victims in a mass shooting that took place earlier this week.
Tragedies like this can make us feel helpless, hopeless, and afraid. Already in response to the shooting, theme parks located in Orland, such as Universal Studios and Disney World, have increased security precautions.
Yes, you heard that right. The “Happiest Place on Earth” is under a security alert.
There is no doubt that we are in an age where tragedy abounds. Many times the tragedy is far away in the form of terrorist threats, social injustices, and recently, a headlining story about a young woman who was taken advantage of because a college student didn’t exercise any restraint.
We truly are in an age where “all we can do is pray.”
But praise the Lord that the story doesn’t end there. Second Chronicles 7:14 rings out a promise from God. “If my people, who are called by name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven, and I will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
A lot of people like to use these tragedies to look for the “sin” that people need to turn away from, but really it’s less about turning away from sin and more about turning towards God. In our community, we have more churches than can be counted on two hands. This is a community full of believers.
Imagine the strength of a community turning towards God and humbling ourselves in prayer. Our paradigm would shift. Instead of only turning to prayer when we are out of every other option, we rely on prayer and rely on the power of the Almighty.
Our prayers would unite us in a common pursuit of seeing the Lord heal a land that is full of tragedy and pain.