Ravi Zacharias penned this prayer on July 8, 2016, after tragic events in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Dallas. His words of lament and hope were both timely and timeless, even as we mourn current examples of evil and injustice in our nation such as the recent killings of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor.
At RZIM we are committed to carrying on Ravi’s legacy and example of being a peacemaker in the midst of polarizing times, and pointing people to the source of hope and justice amid the shock and heartbreak of this cultural moment.
Join us in praying for justice and peace at this time, and that God will once again bring beauty from the ashes:
God, our heavenly Father, our minds go back to the day when Jesus knelt beside his beloved city and wept, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes” (Luke 19:42).
We sense so deeply the same reality. We weep for our cities even as we bury our dead. The sound of gunfire is the grim sound of what has already shattered our relationships. We are witnesses of distrust, revenge, and anger. We see no one to lead us and guide us. To whom shall we go?
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As we pray and lament together, I invite you to share your own reflections and prayers in response.