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Pastor Corner-May-June_2018

On Friday, May 18th I watched on television as they reported another mass shooting at a school in my home state of Texas.  A young man walked into Santa Fe High School about 30 minutes outside of Houston and killed 2 teachers, 8 students and wounded countless others. This was after the shooting in Florida earlier in the year when even more students and teachers were killed and wounded. As I sat and watched the television I couldn’t help but think about my two children who are both High School students.

As the day passed on, we begin to hear arguments on how we can stop gun violence. On the Right they talked about arming teachers and making schools less accessible. On the left they talked about banning guns and other things. I sat there and wondered, “Where is the church in all of this?”

Jesus said in Mathew 21:13, "'My house will be called a house of prayer…”! There is no doubt in my mind that there is power in prayer. I believe that prayer works and that if the church would ever take it seriously, we could change some things going on in our society.  Yes, we need to have real conversations about gun control. Yes, we need to talk about mental health more in our country. Yes, we need to look at better parenting. All those things need to happen without a doubt, but the church also needs to come together and pray. Not just to pray to say that we prayed but prayers that are in the spirit and believing that God can change our situation.

2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “if my people who are called by my name would humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways then I will hear from heaven and will heal the land.” We are in need of a healing in the land and it will happen when a humble church begins to pray.

I am encouraging each of you to start individually. In your daily prayer life ask God to begin to heal. And then when we come together collectively, whether it’s on Sunday mornings, during intercessory prayer or even in your ministries: ask God to begin to move in our country. It can happen if we just “pray without ceasing” and believe that it’s possible.  #WEBUILDHERE