Prayers for our world

By Joshua Speight

God, we are not okay today.

We had selfishly hoped to find a new normal, but perhaps that was asking too much of ourselves.

Another unspeakable tragedy has happened, this time in Nice, France. Again, we watch on our phones and on our computers and on our televisions as innocent people die at the hands of another. This time, more than 80 lives have been taken through senseless violence. This time more than 50 children are in the hospital fighting for their lives instead of remembering the joy of watching fireworks with friends and family.

We are not okay. They are not okay. Our world is not okay. I am not okay.

God, we are broken. These past days and weeks have reminded us that sin and evil are real, that separation from you is not a concept to study but a truth not to be ignored. We have been reminded again that some people are not looking for anything that is reasonable, logical, or rational; they just want to watch the world burn.

We are not okay. They are not okay. Our world is not okay. I am not okay.

So we turn to one another. We turn to you, O Lord, out of the depths of our crying, saying to each other and to you that we are not okay. And we try to hear the words first read to the church in Corinth, words meant to offer hope:

“For now, we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.”

Though our faith and hope may be a little weary, we trust that love will be the greatest.  We trust that your love – your perfect love – will sustain us and carry us through even though we are not okay.

God, we need you, for we are tired of not being okay. They are tired of not being okay. Our world is tired of not being okay. I am tired of not being okay.

Hear our cries, o Lord, in the name of Jesus Christ, hear us.


Joshua Speight serves as Missional Congregations Resources Manager for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. 

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