Bath Churches and Christians Response To The Riots - Prayer To Share!
The shocking images of gangs of young people and adults ransacking shops amidst flame-ridden streets have been all over the news for days now. So what can you do to help stop the riots in London, Liverpool, Birmingham, Medway and last night Bristol? How can you support those hurt by these lawless events?
(PICTURES: DAVID PENDLE, DAVE WILES AND FRONTIER YOUTH TRUST LOGO)
A prayer for the nation, and especially young people.
Father we ask for peace. Not a fluffy emotional feeling … nor a comfortable compromise … nor the wellbeing of a few… but your deep peace of SHALOM for all. We are asking for justice, wholeness, wellbeing, fairness, mercy, understanding and compassion.
We pray for the victims of crime or violence and for those who have been hurt and harmed in the current troubles. We also pray against simplistic explanations of behaviour and knee jerk reactions to issues that are deep and require understanding and wisdom.
We pray for those working for peace in so many guises. We remember our brothers and sisters who are involved in youth work, Street Pastoring, StreetSpace and a host of Christian projects around the country – both within churches and on the streets. We also remember those who work for peace in ‘secular’ settings: for the police, street marshals, medics, youth workers, social workers, politicians, councillors, the fire services and perhaps especially for our media. We pray for businesses and communities - that they will find a new hope and strength as they work together to recover and regain some sense of normality.
We pray for the young people involved in rioting and ask that you will quicken conscience towards peaceful demonstration and dampen aggression, violence and crime. Strengthen community leaders, inspire compassion, ignite understanding and please let justice and mercy walk together in our thinking and actions.
We offer these prayers through your son, our Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ. Amen.
(With Kind Permission: Dave Wiles and Frontier Youth Trust)
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