Christians Are Seeking To Heal Our Nation

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.

In Our Prayers (2 Thessalonians 2:13-17) [Podcast]

Understanding the Christian Life: Exploring Second Thesslonians - Part 4

Whenever something bad happens, people have a tendency to say, “You’re in our prayers.” But is that nothing more than a saying designed to convey empathy?

What if people truly took prayer seriously? What kind of difference would it make in this world? In this fourth message from the series “Understanding the Christian Life: Studies in Second Thessalonians,” Dr. David Rhoades delves into a thanksgiving and prayer that Paul wrote on behalf of the church he founded.

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Praying for Change (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12) [Podcast]

Understanding the Christian Life: Exploring Second Thessalonians - Part 2

People use a lot of methods to try to better their lives: New Year’s resolutions, 12-step programs, and psychological counseling are just a few. Sometimes they are effective, but often they are not.

But how can prayer affect change? Does it make any difference at all? In this second message from the series “Understanding the Christian Life: Studies in Second Thessalonians,” Dr. David Rhoades examines how prayer can facilitate changes in our beliefs and behavior.

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Praying for Your Church (John 17:20-26) [Podcast]

The Prayers of Jesus - Part 6

Every person who is a member of your church was at one time lost. Yet Jesus knew and believed in the potential for that person to receive Him and enter God’s Kingdom. In the final message from the series “The Prayers of Jesus,” Dr. David Rhoades explores how to pray for those who will be part of the church.

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Praying for Believers (John 17:6-19) [Podcast]

The Prayers of Jesus - Part 5

In the High Priestly Prayer, Jesus prays for the disciples who followed Him faithfully. In the fifth message from the series “The Prayers of Jesus,” Dr. David Rhoades teaches some important principles to remember as we pray for fellow believers.

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Praying for Yourself (John 17:1-5) [Podcast]

The Prayers of Jesus - Part 4

Is it okay to pray for yourself? How does God view me when I pray? In the third message in the series “The Prayers of Jesus,” Dr. David Rhoades explores these ideas an others in his exploration of John 17:1-5.

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Praying Through Suffering (Matthew 26:36-46) [Podcast]

The Prayers of Jesus - Part 3

In the third message in the series “The Prayers of Jesus,” Dr. David Rhoades explores the prayers at Gethsemane for clues about praying through suffering.

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Praying Like Jesus Prayed [Podcast]

The Prayers of Jesus - Part 1

What is prayer? What did Jesus teach about prayer? Explore these essential questions and more with Dr. David Rhoades in the first message of a new series called “The Prayers of Jesus.”

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Prayer for Your Growth (Colossians 1:9-14) [Podcast]

The Sufficiency of Christ: An Exploration of Colossians - Part 2

Just as a body needs food and oxygen to grow, so our spirit needs God’s Word and prayer. In this second message from the series “The Sufficiency of Christ: An Exploration of Colossians,” Dr. David Rhoades unpacks the timeless truths of the role of prayer in spiritual growth.

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