April 18, 2018 | Sara Ballenger, Capitol Hill Prayer Partners
A Call to Fast and to Pray: Thursday, April 19th
On the Eve of the 19th Anniversary of the Columbine Shooting
In the first of what has now been a series of shootings on school campuses, the lives of 12 students were taken, as well as one teacher and the two perpetrators, who committed suicide.
The Columbine massacre has also launched a national debate that continues to this day: whether to implement gun control laws in America, and/or to infringe on our freedom of the right to bear arms, now guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
This Friday, April 20, 2018, students across the nation are once again being urged to take action – this time not by staging marches (as was done last month), but by staging walkouts on their own campuses. This date has been set because it aligns with that of the Columbine massacre. There are all kinds of issues that can arise with these walkouts, as well as the disinformation that has been going on about this issue and the solutions to the shootings.
Due to the volatile nature of the entire issue of gun control in our nation, we feel that it is time to fast and to pray for our leaders at all levels, to be granted God’s wisdom in addressing this topic. We are also entering into one day of prayer and fasting, so that our young people not be swayed by deceptive arguments of how to be “safe” in their schools, but rather be taught the truth: to give up our guns is to lose our freedom. Just look at the picture above for evidence of that.
HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN PRAY ON THURSDAY, APRIL 19th:
1. That God would grant wisdom to President Trump and to all other federal, state and local leaders in drafting a series of policies that we enhance the security of our children at school, without violating our Second Amendment rights. (I Timothy 2:1,2 and James 1:5)
2. That our United States Constitution be covered by the Blood of the Lamb. Indeed, the WORD is inside the Constitution (Isaiah 33:22), and the Constitution is in the Word!
3. And finally, that our children and young people be DELIVERED from lies and deceptive teachings about the topic of gun control, and instead be brought to the TRUTH of the Word of God. Our Lord is “the deepest state” – the Rock of our Salvation. [As a subheading of this prayer point, please pray specifically for the salvation and the deliverance of students David Hogg and of Emma Gonzalez. Ask that all funding sources of this movement be cut off. Amen.]
“If the Son, therefore, shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”