Never before has prayer been so criticized and attacked in America…
It’s one of the most disturbing reactions to the Parkland, FL school shooting – the historic assault on prayer by the liberals and progressives who are demanding immediate action to make gun control laws more restrictive.
Sincere people who offered their prayers after the tragedy have been insulted, marginalized … and even harassed.
During one of the student protests following the shooting, one of the student leaders yelled, “Prayers don’t do anything to stop school shootings!”
The students cheered their approval…
This mantra has been picked up and repeated by all the media.
Meanwhile, politicians keep saying the time for “thoughts and prayers” is over – implying that prayers are ineffective and meaningless…
Celebrity physicist Neil deGrasse mocked Christians by tweeting, “Evidence collected over many years, obtained from many locations, indicates that the power of Prayer is insufficient to stop bullets from killing school children.”
I’d like to know what “evidence” he’s talking about.
How could he or anyone else possibly know how many school shootings have been prevented by the prayers of parents and others for the protection and safety of school children?
And how could he or anyone else know how many bullets would have killed school children were it not for the prayers of their parents and many others that resulted in their survival?
Here’s what every Christian should know about the human condition, the spiritual causes of violence and the effectiveness of prayer:
- We live in a fallen world – fallen because we have exercised our free will to rebel against God by either claiming He doesn’t exist … or claiming He is evil.“All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way…” (Isaiah 53:6)“For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
- Prayer cannot repeal free will. God allows people to follow their own desires.“Behold, the Lord’s hand is not so short that it cannot save; nor is His ear so dull that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.” (Isaiah 59:1-2)“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life…He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. (John 3:16, 18-19)
- When people refuse to acknowledge God, He eventually “gives them over” to be controlled by their own depravity.A progression – a downward spiral – begins when a person refuses to honor God or give thanks. (Romans 1:25)After several more progressive steps, the descent reaches a point of no return:
“And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper…” (Romans 1:28)
“A man who hardens his neck after much reproof will suddenly be broken beyond remedy.” (Proverbs 29:1)
- Prayer is effective, both in those who are praying as well as in those who are prayed for.Prayer has a calming effect on those who are praying…Try this experiment: pray out loud in your car while you are driving to or from work … and see if it doesn’t cause you to be less frustrated or stressed when someone cuts you off or stops suddenly in front of you for no apparent reason.
Prayer also is effective in bringing healing to those who are injured or sick…
“The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.”
It’s sad but also telling that so many who reject God – or believe in His existence but are in active rebellion against Him – feel it necessary to attack and demean the faith of millions of Americans after such horrific tragedies.
Meanwhile, pastors like Tim Cole of West Friendship Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida, are organizing prayer circles in their local communities…
To offer encouragement and hope to students, parents and school staff.
One such prayer vigil was held outside the Duval County School Board building.
Participants prayed for all 197 Duval County Schools.
Pastor Cole said, “We need prayer. They’ve already taken prayer out of school, and I think that’s another reason why things are happening now, because prayer is out of school.”
What do you think? Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org