Thank you for coming together as a community for this prayer gathering.
We are here out of respect for those who perished last Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary. We are here to pray for protection for the students and adults at our schools here in Fayette County. We are here to ask God for wisdom for our school board. We acknowledge our need for God’s wisdom.
We want to thank all those who came today to pray and who will lead us in prayer. After the tragedy, some Bible verses came to mind.
Matthew 18: 10 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.  [a]
12 “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? 13 And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. 14 In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish."
Matthew 18: 19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven, 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
James 1:5 " If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you."
I prayed for wisdom from heaven, which according to James 3:17 is "first of all pure, then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere." Let us be
And the prayer of Solomon, from 2 Chronicles, "Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?” YOU are the "great people" in this context. :)
Others prayed for continued protection of the children, comfort for the families of Sandy Hook, and for wisdom for all those who make decisions that affect our children and our lives.
God is our stronghold, our fortress, and our refuge. God is the One to turn to in times of trouble, not for an explanation, but for comfort, peace, and renewal. So I would like to invite you to turn with me to God in prayer.
Thank you, Jesus, that You are our Rock eternal, our Savior and Refuge. Thank you Jesus, that you ARE victorious. That you have given us a free will to accept or reject you. Thank you for the first responders who bravely entered the school and dealt with the initial trauma. Thank you for the teachers who bravely protected the children in their classroom. Thank you for every life spared.
Lord, we pray for the families of those that lost their lives: That they would turn their lives to you, Father, that in their sorrow you would grant them strength and grace to make it through the coming days and months. That they would return to you, Lord, with all their heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning. That mercy and comfort would be extended to their tender hearts. That this Christmas the families that are grieving would recognize the glorious peace and comfort that comes through faith in you.
Lord we pray for the siblings of those who lost their lives: That You would protect them from the enemy of their soul, that they would find comfort in their family and in the knowledge of your great mercy, that You would be present in their sleep and the darkness of their heart would be warmed by Your light. That You Abba Father would comfort them during difficult days ahead.
Lord we pray for the family of Adam Lanza: That they would not be judged as they mourn the loss of their mother, brother, and victims in this tragedy. That You would give the Sandy Hood School families and community strength to forgive.
Lord we pray for the students, faculty and administration of the Sandy Hook Elementary School: For You to bestow mercy to the children’s healing hearts as they mourn the loss of their classmates, administrators, teachers and their perceived safety. That You would restore the school classrooms with spiritual and emotional healing. That children and families would cling to You as their Rock, Fortress, and Deliverer. For You to be present in the rebuilding of lives and programs in the wake of this tremendous tragedy.
Lord we pray for all of our schools and communities across the USA: That we Americans would humble ourselves, pray, seek Your face and turn from our sinful ways, that You, Lord would hear from heaven and forgive our sin and heal our land.
Lord we pray for our schools, the administrators, the teachers, the students, and their families. We pray for wisdom, safety and peace as they work to better Your world. In the name of Jesus we pray.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21
May they not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present their requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard their heart and mind in Christ Jesus.”