Trayvon – This is the Verdict
Now let us pray:
Heavenly Father, we come to you this day in humble mourning for life cut short. We thank you for your merciful nature and that you relate to our pain. You sent your son to Earth and he suffered and died as a young man. His death was painful and seemed cruel and unfathomable at the time, yet you used it for good. In your word we see that “Jesus wept” often while He was walking among us. He carried our burdens and still does. We lift up our burdens to you today through prayer.
We pray for the family of Trayvon, including the heartbroken Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, we ask Lord that you comfort them. Hold them in your arms and wipe away their tears. Help them to treasure the good memories always. Help them acknowledge their pain and come to you with their grief and any regrets. As they seek to understand and process their loss, we ask you to give them wisdom as it says in your word.
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.”
We pray for the communities affected by this tragedy and by the outcome of this court case. We pray for the people of Sanford, Florida who find themselves momentarily in the uncomfortable center of the national spotlight. Lord use this situation for good and stir up the hearts of the community towards the plight of the children who are fearful to play in the city parks. Grant your people in Sanford the courage to engage despite their fears. May your people rely on your power as they seek to expose the deeds of darkness and bring light into every shadowy place. Grant Sanford repentance over any willful sins that would keep healing and revival from coming to their community.
John 3:19 “This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.”
We pray for Black America as they struggle with powerful emotions regarding the court verdict amidst their desire for justice. There will be many in the media and government who seek to benefit from the death of Trayvon to advance their own agenda. But your word says:
James 1: 19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.
Lord, we specifically ask that you grant that the 74% of the Black community that identify themselves as Christians to have the discernment to separate light from darkness. Give them the boldness to shed cultural values or political agendas that conflict with your word. We pray that the arguments of the race baiters would fall flat and that your people would see right through the agendas of those who would seek to manipulate them.
We pray for Latino Americans, who may rejoice in Zimmerman’s acquittal. Help them to be sensitive to the feelings of black Americans. We pray specifically against violence between black Americans and Latinos that is so prevalent in prisons and in many communities in Florida, California and other places. May your peace reign in the hearts of the 93% of Latinos that self identify as your people. May their identity in Christ grant them His humility and gentleness.
John 13:35 “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Lastly, Lord we pray for those in positions of influence and authority. May the Fear of God descend upon them mightily.
We are painfully aware that in America an average of 30 people are murdered everyday. While the murder rate is unacceptable, it is miniscule in comparison to the number of people who kill themselves everyday 3,197. Likewise, the number of American babies aborted daily is over 4,000. Although the lives of Trayvon and Zimmerman are precious to you and to us, it is clear that national media coverage is agenda based.
The media spotlight and national exposure of Trayvon is obviously not about Trayvon or Zimmerman or even about Black Americans or Latino Americans. There is clearly an agenda that those in power seek to impose on your people through a divide and conquer strategy. God defeat them. Expose their dark agenda. Cause the fear of God to fall upon those who are acting in a willfully deceptive manner. Grant whistleblowers courage to come forward. Grant your people discernment to see the attempted manipulation and to reject it, soundly.
God on this day, we contemplate two lives that have been drawn into focus for us by those with devious motives. But we remember that the prince of darkness crucified Jesus with the intent of stopping the advance of the kingdom of God. We rejoice in how you used that painful tragedy for good and we ask you, boldly, and with confidence, that the Trayvon Martin / Zimmerman case will also be used for good.
May your people of all color and affiliations show that they are your disciples by the love they have for one another. May they reject the manipulation of state-run media. May your kingdom advance and may thy will be done on Earth as it is in heaven.