In my own community and around the nation, spontaneous gatherings of Christians have sprung up. We are joining together not to protest, but to pray.
The crisis that has facilitated the prayer gatherings is well-known and well-documented: five Dallas police officers were ambushed and killed on Thursday evening while providing security for protesters. Seven other people were wounded.
And this tragic event was not without context. Videos of two African-American men recently killed in separate encounters with the police have escalated tensions in our nation.
Much good can come out of tragedy and crisis…if we seek it. One encouraging sign among many is that people are starting to turn away from seeking answers from Washington, D.C. Instead, they are seeking answers from heaven.
In my own town of Levelland, Texas, I was privileged to participate with about 60 others who gathered to pray for our police officers. Local resident Jaime McCabe, who was prompted by the Holy Spirit to issue this call to prayer, said she hoped for maybe ten to twelve of her friends to show up. But when we join God where He is working, He sometimes does unexpected things. Police officers came to the gathering, as did their spouses, firefighters, pastors, and many citizens.
My prayer is that this might be the spark of revival that our nation so desperately needs.
Below are two news reports on the prayer gatherings.