My Prayer For Tulsa
Today, Al Sharpton is in Tulsa. He has come at the request of Terence Crutcher’s family following Mr. Crutcher being killed by a police officer. The officer has been charged with First Degree Manslaughter and the family has received a wide spread outpouring of love through gifts and cards. There are to be several gatherings to honor Mr. Crutcher’s death and Al Sharpton’s visit will be to lead one of those gatherings.
Tulsans are praying for a peaceful demonstration. What we see around the country too often are violent acts following a police officer shooting. Tulsa has been different so far. There have been many prayer gatherings by people of all races and creeds. Both police and the victim’s families have had various acts of love demonstrated. Prayerfully the outcome of this day will be an acknowledgement that we are not exempt from the problems of the 21st century, but we will be different in a positive way of how we choose to work toward solutions. May we choose to seek guidance from the LORD and open communication versus harmful acts to exacerbate the difficulties.
The Enemy of the world, Satan, was on the side of life’s road with a very large cage. The man coming towards him noticed that it was crammed full of people of every kind, young, old, from every race and nation.”
Where did you get these people?” the man asked. “Oh, from all over the world,” Satan replied. “I lure them with drinking, drugs, lust, lies, anger, hate, love of money, and all manner of things. I pretend I’m their friend, out to give them a good time, then when I’ve hooked them, into the cage they go. “And what are you going to do with them now?” asked the man.
Satan grinned. “I’m going to prod them, provoke them, get them to hate and destroy each other; I’ll stir up racial hatred, defiance of law and order; I’ll make people bored, lonely, dissatisfied, confused and restless. It’s easy. People will always listen to what I offer them and (what’s better) blame God for the outcome!” “And then what?” the man asked.” Those who do not destroy themselves, I will destroy. None will escape me.”
The man stepped forward. “Can I buy these people from you?” he asked.
Satan snarled, “Yes, but it will cost you your life.”
So Jesus Christ, the Son of God, paid for your release, your freedom from Satan’s trap, with His own life, on the cross at Calvary. The door is open, and anyone, whom Satan has deceived and caged, can be set free. (Copied).
May God have mercy on the victims of violence and show their families the way to God’s comfort. And, may He protect those in law enforcement who seek to serve and protect us. We need the LORD to make us very aware of His power and His divine intervention. May He make us sensitive to the presence of His Spirit to guide us through this part of the journey!