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Father, we pray for an end to violence in our nation. Bring Your peace that surpasses all understanding to our cities, Lord.

Analysis. Violent crime has skyrocketed in this nation since the Black Lives Matter riots at the beginning of this decade.

Last fall the FBI reported that violent crime rose by 5% in 2020. Aggravated assaults climbed by 12.%. Murder and non-negligent manslaughter shot up 29.4 %.

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Most recently, the spread of violent lawlessness has come to the forefront through the violent killing of Eliza Fletcher, a mother of two. The man charged with her kidnapping and murder had a long criminal history, including kidnapping a man, but he was somehow back on the streets.

You probably heard about the Fletcher killing, but did you hear that, just a few days later, on Wednesday, a 19-year-old man was charged for a spree of carjackings and shootings in Memphis that left four dead and three injured?

What is going on?

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This summer, I memorized Romans 13. Notably, that passage teaches us that God is very angry about crime. In fact, He has appointed our government leaders to punish criminals, to carry out his wrath against them.

It seems like harsh language to our modern ears, but maybe our flinching at any talk of the wrath of God shows just how far we have drifted from a biblical view of the world.

See Romans 13, verses 1–4:

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. 

While the church is to have compassion on the broken, the government is called to execute wrath on the wrongdoer.

Have we forgotten that in this nation?

Fox News host Tucker Carlson went viral this week for his monologue on the Fletcher murder.

Here is an excerpt:

An American citizen should be able to live or walk anywhere in America without being raped or murdered for it, period. That is the baseline requirement for civilization. It’s called order. But increasingly, that is not what we have. What we have is a country where you just can’t go some places. You’re not wanted there and it’s too dangerous for you to go. Most people accept this by default, but we should never accept this under any circumstances.

Order. It is slipping out of our hands, but that is not an accident. This is part of a coordinated series of plans and policies that are having their natural effect.

How? Well …

Progressive prosecutors refuse to prosecute certain crimes, and they let the criminals off easy.

That assumes, of course, that criminals are even arrested in the first place.

In Baltimore, for instance, only 42% of homicides are solved by the police.

On top of that, there is a new movement toward removing cash bail.

Illinois State Rep. Justin Slaughter pushed through an end to cash bail in that state, allowing criminals to walk free soon after they are arrested.

It seems his name may be fitting.

And the movement is spreading. The New York Post reported in March that career criminal Eugene Clark was released without bail after having murdered someone.

This is normal?

In San Francisco, shoplifting has effectively been decriminalized. Viral videos show people filling up garbage bags with stolen merchandise before walking out of the stores, with no one putting up a fight. Walgreens recently shut down several stores there, citing “retail theft.”

At the same time, a string of high-profile killings by police, most notably the murder of George Floyd, have so undermined cops nationwide that they are being ignored. In many cases, they are now afraid to act or to speak up.

Policies are enabling violence. Politicians are covering for crime. The police have been shut down. And violent crime is taking our neighborhoods in force.

Will the Church have the boldness to speak?

Will we have hearts of love for our cities so as to intercede for their safety?

Will we risk being labeled “bigoted” or “hateful” in our stand for righteousness?

If we don’t, who will?

We are the salt of the earth.

With that in mind, let us pray:

-Father, we pray that You would restore law and order to our streets. Uproot the perpetrators of violence, and release peace in our nation.

-Lord, we ask You to restore our police departments in their integrity, their relationship with the community, and their willingness to enforce the law.

-Father, remove the politicized prosecutors and leaders who are working to defund and undermine our cops at every turn. Release order, Lord, and remove those facilitating violence in our communities. 

Verses to press into as you pray on this issue: 

“The Lord tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence” (Psalm 11:5).

“But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people” (2 Timothy 3:1–5)

How are you praying for peace in our nation? Share this article to encourage others to pray.

Casey Harper is a writer in the Washington, D.C., area, covering national politics. He has worked for The Daily Caller, The Hill, and Sinclair Broadcast Group. A graduate of Hillsdale College, Casey’s work has also appeared in Fox News, Fox Business, Washington Examiner, and USA Today. Follow him on Twitter: @CaseyHarper33. Photo Credit: Amber Kipp on Unsplash.

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Grant Windholz
September 15, 2022

This is not a surprise for all believers in Christ that dark times are among us because the country has been focusing on lawlessness, evil, crime, wars, violence, massive poverty, high abortions, etc. With the close relationship with Jesus Christ, he brings us the Holy Spirit which brings peace in our minds and hearts through all these chaotic times now and they will speed up as time comes closer to when Jesus comes and saves his children! It’s all in the book of Revelation and we have been living what’s been happening in the Bible NOW 🙏!

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Laura Nolan
September 12, 2022

Lord, Your word says in Proverbs 11:20-21 “Those of crooked heart are an abomination to the Lord, but those of blamelsess ways are his delight. Be assured, an evil person will not go unpunished, but the offspring of the righteous will be delivered.”
Lord defend those that stand up in righteousness. Protect them and guide them in your ways. But punish those that choose to follow the paths of wickedness and cruelly treat others. Do not let them succeed in any evil plot. Let them fall in their own traps. In Jesus name.

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MN
September 11, 2022

Lord, we long for You to, once again…be the Lord over every area of our nation. We have left You behind – we forgot that You alone make a nation great…we are guilty of allowing You to be removed from our schools, our gov’t, our public buildings, our daily lives. God forgive Your people for our apathy, our laziness, our pulling back from areas of society that You commanded us to stay involved in. Have mercy on us. We see that we were wrong and we need Your help to strengthen us into involvement again… with a passion to uphold Your command, Your word. We long for Your justice against those who have willingly taken advantage of others through corrupt and criminal acts. We ask that You save them but we also ask for justice and we know that Your justice is perfect. Bring revival and salvation to our nation again….restore law & order again. Remove corrupt, godless officials and, in Your mercy, raise up new David’s, Esther’s, Joshua’s, Deborah’s, Joseph’s, etc. – we ask You for strong, godly leaders. We need them.
We pray that there would be a return to real justice with real consequences within our court system. We ask that there would be a God-fearing shift within the hearts & minds of judges across our nation. Remove weak, godless DA’s, and others who don’t or won’t prosecute crime. Our desire, our longing Lord is that our nation would again honor, respect and love You, Your holy word and Your ways. Amen.

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PrayerNet
September 11, 2022

Did “Black Lives Matter” have an impact on January 6th at the White House also? Please, oh please, why are we not acknowledging the impact that legalizing marijuana for recreational use has had on our cities, our communities and our youth. Law was passed in Illinois in 2020 and everyone is scratching their heads about how to stop the fallout. So many defend it… unbelievable. But the profits are. Prior to that, we were informed and warned about other states experiencing increases in violent crimes, fatal car accidents, drug related mental illness challenges, increase in use by minors. MJ is a mind altering drug, change the mindset of the people and morale values decline. Someone described MJ as being a “dangerous high” and we will not admit that yes it is! Even though media is not reporting the fallout and it’s a handled like a bit joke on TV.
When will we repent and come together to deal with this evil, deceptive flood gate that has been opened?

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Rochelle
September 11, 2022

Thank you Casey. This needed to be addressed.

Father God,
In the name of Jesus please restore order and peace to our nation through the righteousness and justice that are the foundation of Your throne.
Amen.

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Roberta Smith
September 10, 2022

Now I don’t hold with all of the steps or rights that Black Lives Matter represent, but to say that they caused Riots, during the shut downs of the entire country, they did not start any Riots, get your facts straight,….If that cop had not put his knee on George Floyds neck , you wouldn’t have even known they were even around… they marched yes, but never broke into anyone’s house or murdered anyone,… and the young man that murdered the other 2 innocent protester’s he certainly wasn’t Black, you know the one that the police say they didn’t see with the F15 Rifle on his solder’s and came from another state to kill. and did.

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    MN
    September 11, 2022

    I understand some of the points you are making Roberta. They are valid. Honestly, the officer, Derek C. should never have been hired for the area due to his questionable past involving multiple incidents. That’s on the Mpls. hiring board – who suffered zero fallout or accountability. Since it’s a tough neighborhood to work in, they were short staffed. But if you review Mpls police protocol, what Mr. Chauvin did was an approved method, documented in their policies for officers – established I believe in 2010 . It’s was made publicly available but now that same hold has been removed. That doesn’t change what happened – it was still a tragedy & avoidable. But it’s also critically important that all facts surrounding a case like this be discussed. I will continue to look for that “former police policy” in my records and post it if/when I find it.
    Sadly, Floyd lost his life. The officers lost their livelihoods, families lost loved ones & so on. But worse, people that should have been held accountable for lousy policies, as well as decisions….still hold office. The governor, mayor, MN A.G., city council, certain police officials still continue to work….as if they had nothing to do with it. That is tragic as well as wrong. Their silence & inaction & weakness caused incredible destruction and loss. Mpls. has not recovered and won’t until they get rid of the weak leadership.

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Karen Michelsen
September 10, 2022

I am concerned that your quote of Romans 13 is sometimes used to tell people to submit to tyranny. I think two additional Scriptures that should be considered are: Acts 4:19 “But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto to you more than unto God, judge ye.” And Acts 5:29 “Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God, rather than men.” In addition, the Declaration of Independence should be read and reread by every American. It is based on biblical principles, and outlines the reasons our Founding Fathers had for breaking from a tyrannical government. We are commanded throughout Scripture to hate evil. I think we find ourselves in the position we are in in America because the Church has not participated in society outside the four walls of the church. The “separation of church and state” is not the law of the land, and is a partial quote of something Thomas Jefferson wrote in a letter to a friend. The full quote shows the actual intent was for the state not to interfere with the church, not for the church to fail to participate fully in government and daily life. We are to be the influencers. In our failure to be influencers, we find ourselves in our present state in America. America is in covenant with God. His heart is for America to be free and to fulfill her true destiny, to be a father nation to the nations. Let us not only intercede for the nation, but let each of us ask the Lord how he is wanting us to participate as godly influencers wherever we are positioned in our beautiful country.

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Roger Hall
September 10, 2022

Lord, may peace reign in our homes and our cities. May our governing bodies return order to our society. Amen

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Herb. Johnston
September 10, 2022

What is happening is the advanced stages of the Nazi regime in this country.. please watch the presentation at the 75th Nuremberg anniversary.. where the speaker is Vera Sharav-, ( who lived through the Holocaust )where she details the history of how the Nazis systematically broke down the morale and Hope of an entire Society-,in Germany ..in World War II.. at the time the focus point was the Jews.. now the focus Point are people who will not allow themselves to be injected with poison serum.. mistakenly called vaccines.. when they are actually experimental Gene Therapies. She highlights this in her presentation. We can pray all we want for the Lord to remove certain evils.. but if we are not standing against the evil.. if we are not enlightened and informed, – if we are letting the subsequent generations of Nazi overlords trample over us- which is what we were doing- as the US government imported 1600 Nazi scientist ,doctors, and researchers to the United States after World War II.. after those same criminals had been given a pass on being accountable at nuremberg.. they were sheltered from having to face what their crimes had done.. and they were then planted in our medical and scientific communities.. so then what we saw was the breakdown of morals.. and even greater crimes against humanity-,that have been instituted into our medical institutions.. as normal behavior-, this is the bottom line.
And there is a somewhat more involved explanation than that but that is basically it.. so for all of you who are reading this.. we will be blessed if the Lord decides to hear our prayers.. but in the meantime we have to be aware and informed and we have to stop allowing Satan’s minions ..Satan’s troops.. which are the globalists.. which have been inculcating themselves into our nation for 75 years at least.. to defraud, overrun, and warp the mentalities of generations of people into living in a comfortable bubble where it is perceived that if we just obey the government.. then all will be fine.. and for those of you who are trumpeting Romans 13.. for the most part-,almost entirely.. Christians have been obeying the government.. and anyone who thinks or says that we have not been obeying the government-, for the last 75 years or more.. is foolishly uninformed. In fact the United States church at large.. the corporate church.. has the most disciplined record of obeying the government -almost. in modern history.. and look where it has gotten us.
So at the conclusion of this writing, – unfortunately I must restate- AGAIN.. the obvious.. which as of the writing of this article.. that I’m responding to.. it is obvious that this lesson has still not been learned by some people.. and that is blind obedience to tyrants will only get you death sentences. That is what we are fighting now.. the poisoning of our society by experimental Gene therapies.. the perversion of our children by the same globalist.. through Marx’s techniques of breaking down the moral fibers of our society and Families.. and no, blind obedience to a tyrant government will not save us, will not save america, will not save the day.. we must be abundantly articulate, we must be extremely careful, and we must be aware of what we are doing. But at this late date.. as Vera so ardently describes in her talk at the 75th anniversary of Nuremberg.. we have been lulled into complacency and foolish thinking. That presentation at Nuremberg is posted on Rumble at the Children’s Health defense Channel.. Children Health defense is Robert F Kennedy’s platform that he has been speaking out on for a few years now against big Pharma and the globalist that are poisoning us.. and that video is also generated by his platform Children’s Health Defense. See the really tragic and sad thing about this.. Is not only are we letting them do this to us.. we are making excuses for it.. in our do-goodeurism where we insist on being blindly obedient to tyrants. What fools they be.. and make no mistake I’m referring to all of us. Time to get off of our duffs and fight the evil.. and stop making excuses and misinterpreting Romans 13 as an excuse to be scared and lazy.

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    Joey
    September 12, 2022

    I couldn’t absorb the whole of your comment after reading “if the Lord decides to hear our prayers “
    IF?
    “If…?” said Jesus. Mark 9:23
    …my God will hear me. Micah 7:7
    You make good points, Herb, but our prayers are kept in golden bowls in heaven.
    Don’t say “if.”

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Eileen Larson
September 10, 2022

I am praying for a spiritual revival in our nation, for the safety of our law enforcement officers and border patrol, and for the schools and school boards that knowledgeable, wise, godly people would be elected.

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John P
September 10, 2022

Yes. I pray that God will remove evil and unrighteousness leadership from our Country and in Washington. For there is so much political evil. The scriptures read God will rule them with a rod of Iron Rev.2:27.. Lord help us and protect your people from harm, protect the little children in schools and in all of our communities bring peace to this nation I pray in Jesus Name Amen 🙏

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Karen Secrest
September 10, 2022

I was confounded as D.C. mayor complained of problems from illegals being bussed into her city. I wondered why that wad more difficult than what is faced in Texas. Even our city now has areas the governor warned as unsafe.

However, the Father showed me a picture of Soros attorneys being roped together. Thus, rendered ineffective. This Will change in coming elections.

The Clintons defund the police will boomerang..AMEN

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Mollie
September 10, 2022

There is one solution. Fear the Lord and turn from evil- all evil, compromising, neglect, and overt disregard for what He says. Whole heartedly follow His voice and do what He says. Help us Father, we need You.

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Darlene Estlow
September 10, 2022

Give us courage, Father, to speak and act in righteous ways. Open the eyes of your people to pray against the works of Satan for only then can he be defeated. Replace crime coddling leaders with those who stand against crime, doing it in the love of Jesus. We praise your name that we can pray and worship you.

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Deb
September 10, 2022

The sad fact today is people are afraid to speak the truth even at the pulpit.The church wants to survive and speaking the truth would cause members to leave.Sadly,the church has fallen victim to the culture.
More and more conservative politicians and Christian’s have caved to the culture demands of change.You hear something long enough it breaks the will of opposition.Right or wrong it starts to be accepted.
As it was in Noah’s day,Sodom and Gomorrah so shall be the coming of the Lord.
How many more deviant behaviors will manifested themselves in the days ahead?Pedophilia?
As Christ followers we must speak the truth from the rooftops.Not back down, and not give up.Carry our cross,pray and look up .
Awaiting his return.

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The Prayer Sentry
September 10, 2022

What privation awaits the nation turns its back on God.
https://theprayersentry.com/2022/09/10/reversing-failure-privation/

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Ron Perry
September 10, 2022

George Floyd died from 10 times the normal amount of drugs in his system which caused his death. Look up the coroner’s report, it’s online. I will agree that the exploitation of the event by a hostile press has undermind the police.

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    Julie
    September 10, 2022

    Agreed.

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    CN
    September 11, 2022

    I noticed that the liberal media, the haters, BLM, warped politicians looking for corrupt political brownie points, etc. — conveniently refused to discuss in the news, trial, SocMed platforms…… how inundated Mr. Floyd’s body was full of drugs. How sad that our society now has descended into the abyss of cherry picking what elements of truth they will use or leave out…..in order to establish the narrative of their choice.

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Virginia in Tennessee
September 10, 2022

Holy Father, help us! I thank You for raising up truth-tellers like Casey! We need more people willing to speak the truth and to speak Your powerful name over this nation of ours. I am tired of longing for the yesteryear of decency. I want to live in a country of law and order and to be able to feel like normal and moral behavior is the majority and not the minority. Lord we need Your hand to stop this. Are these the last days? I feel the groaning and shifting of things and I wonder. Lord keep us safe from the evil in these times and give us church leaders to guide us who have backbones of Your truth alone! I pray this in the precious name of our savior Jesus.

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