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Father, we pray that You would give us peace. Comfort us, God, and comfort the victims of these senseless shootings.

In light of the horrific aftermath of the elementary school shooting that took place in Uvalde, I asked the Lord how to pray. He reminded me of a prophetic word He shared with me back in 2019. This word came to me after a shooting in August 2019 that happened at a Walmart in El Paso, TX. After more shootings in Tulsa, Oklahoma and a college ministry event at a church in Iowa, I feel this word still applies to us today.

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Today I was in prayer over the shootings that happened this past weekend. I have been feeling what I can only describe as anxiety and worry. I do not suffer from anxiety to be clear. I believe that I am feeling in the spiritual realm. This morning in prayer I thought of Mark 4 when Jesus calms the storm and says, “Peace be still.” I felt led to pray into the atmosphere. I am speaking directly to the spiritual storm that’s causing fear, panic, and anxiety.”

” Later that day I was running errands in town when I received a prayer request from our church prayer group that there was a possible shooting situation at a local grocery store in San Antonio. I was about to walk into a Wal-Mart as I received this message. I remember feeling fearful until the Lord reminded me what Jesus instructed his disciples, “Whenever you enter a place, say peace to this house, if they welcome you, let your peace rest upon it.” (found in Luke 10 and Matthew 10).

 I sensed God impressing on me that believers carry the peace of God just like the disciples did–we have the authority to speak and release the peace of God wherever we go. So that’s what I did. I had a choice walking into Walmart. I could be fearful or stand in the authority given to me. San Antonio, Texas is my city. Texas is my state. I choose to walk in the authority given to me by Jesus. 

I share this to encourage my brothers and sisters in Christ. Do not bow to fear or manipulation. Do not partner with fear, anxiety, or anything that would make you doubt what God has already promised for our cities, and for our nation. Go in the name of Jesus and release the peace of God wherever you go.”

Peace is a gift of God.

In Luke 10, Jesus sent out His disciples in His name to preach the kingdom of God, heal the sick, cast out demons, and release blessings of peace wherever they traveled

Jesus and His disciples walked in authority. We have the same authority. We can release the peace of God where we go. A Spirit-filled child of God has authority to release God’s peace in your home, someone else’s home, in your child’s school, in the grocery store, and wherever you are. 

Our peace is connected to our confidence in Christ. Our confidence is not in our efforts or flesh, but in the victorious one, Jesus Christ. We are in a spiritual battle, but we know He’s already won the war. And peace is a gift from Jesus that He gives to those who trust in Him.

Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled; do not be afraid. (Jn 14:27)

Peace is a part of the armor of God.

Many think of peace as an absence of conflict or a passive stance, but peace is an important weapon. We know the armor of God speaks of being armed for battle, without one single piece the armor is incomplete.

For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.

(Eph 6:15)

Peace has power.

Jesus slept during a raging storm in a boat swamped by waves. When the disciples woke him, without fear or anxiety, He calmly uttered three words, “Peace, Be Still.” These words, spoken by Jesus, stopped the storm immediately.

Apostolic leader and author Jake Kail shared this wonderful nugget on this story: “Because He (Jesus) had peace in the midst of the storm, He had authority over the storm. It is the same in spiritual warfare. Peace does not mean the absence of conflict, but calm in the midst of conflict.” 

When we have the peace of Christ in the midst of conflict, we have authority over the storms of life.

There is another critical point from this story for believers today. The storm raged as Jesus and the disciples crossed the Sea of Galilee to the region of the Gadarenes. What happened next is telling. Two demon–possessed men met Jesus as he arrived. Jesus delivered the men from the evil and sent the demons into the pigs. Some have speculated that the storm on the sea was demonic resistance to Jesus coming to the region, which is why the demons came out to meet Him. 

Mass shootings are evil and demonic. Jesus still calm storms and delivers from evil. He does it through believers who are tabernacles of His presence (1 Jn 4:15).

Brothers and sisters, let’s speak to the storms over our families, our youth, our schools, our cities, and our nation. Let’s be armed with peace. Let’s release the peace of God wherever we go. Let’s walk in peace. Let’s cultivate the fruit of peace in our lives daily. We can be confident the Lord will certainly deal with evil.

The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you. (Rom 16:20)

Let’s also remember that Jesus is the Prince of Peace. Kim Potter wrote an wonderful article for IFA about how to engage with the names of God in prayer, with a companion prayer guide

Dear Lord,

Help me to have my eyes fixed on You at all times, especially when such evil is taking place. In times of heartache, remind me You are not the author of confusion, but peace. Give me a steadfast heart that will place all of my trust and hope in You.

Instead of fear, I will walk by faith.

Instead of hatred, I will choose to love.

Instead of panic, I choose prayer.

I choose Your Presence.

I choose the peace of God that guards my heart and mind. 

Give me the courage to speak to every storm that comes my way, knowing my authority comes from the undefeated and unshakeable, Lord Jesus Christ. He is my Prince of Peace. He is victorious, and the word of God promises greater is He who is in me than He who is in the world. In Jesus’ name, amen.

How has God been asking you to pray in the light of the tragedies in Uvalde, Tulsa, and Iowa? Share your thoughts, prayers, and comments.

Author Gloria Robles is a passionate intercessor with a prophetic voice for today. For more from Gloria, go to Spotify or Anchor to listen to her podcast Something To Share. Photo Credit: Sunguk Kim on Unsplash.

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Paul Desarmeaux
June 14, 2022

I’ve told this to many people for reasons you will see in a few seconds. I was driving to Sunday church service a few months back. I began thinking of what a privilege it is to go to the church service and to praise the Lord with fellow believers. Suddenly a sadness came over me as I realized that even though I was on my way to worship God, I had not been enthusiastically diligent to stay close to Him during the past week. I told the Lord that I felt ashamed to have neglected fellowship with Him most of the week. It had not seemed that it was top priority. I told God that I wouldn’t neglect my own earthly father the way I had neglected to walk with Him the past few days. I said to Him, “in fact, I would not be surprised or blame you if you didn’t hear any of my prayers!” IMMEDIATELY an indescribable pleasant warm feeling engulfed me and I clearly heard in my Spirit the gentle words, “You did not choose me, I chose you.” Tears of utter joy came to my eyes. In that moment it seemed very clear to me that He was telling me not to be anxious, but to be in the wonderful reassuring abundant and blessed PEACE He poured over me. Yesterday, as I related this experience to some other people, one of the women members of our Life Group study team got excited to hear me speak of this beautiful and comforting peace. She related that she experienced a nearly identical feeling of total peace during a very stressful medical situation a few years ago. It’s was a feeling you hoped would not stop! l I wish that everyone could sense this peace! This woman said that in the moment all sense of fear or concern completely melted away and she was filled with joy! I knew exactly what she was saying! When our eyes and our heart are fixed on Him, He keeps us in PERFECT peace. In Him is peace! In Him there is fullness of joy!. He has given us EVERYTHING we need to walk peacefully and upright with Him! Praise our Lord and King forever!

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Bonnie Spain
June 6, 2022

Thank you so much; your article is a great encouragement & confirmation to me. I was able to use the
peace authority on an issue right away & am seeing results.
God bless you & your ministry.
Bonnie Spain

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Karen
June 4, 2022

I have a 33 year old son that is backslid from God. Raised in a apostolic church. Today he sits in jail and is completely out of his mind. Drug induced skisaphrenic. Please pray for my sons conditions iIN JESUS NAME!!

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    Susan CC
    June 6, 2022

    Dear Abba Father, You see this young man just as You did before his time of rebellion. I pray you will humble Karen’s child and he will cry out to You, “my Lord and my Savior.” Please bring him out of the darkness and shadow of death. Please break away his chains. May the thanks he gives to You for Your love and devotion be a light to all those with him in prison. I ask this in the Name of Jesus, who set us free. Amen

    Karen, I encourage your to read these mighty words and believe.
    https://biblehub.com/bsb/psalms/107.htm Thanksgiving for Deliverance
    10Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, prisoners in affliction and chains,
    11because they rebelled against the words of God and despised the counsel of the Most High.
    12He humbled their hearts with hard labor; they stumbled, and there was no one to help.
    13Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, He saved them from their distress.
    14He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death and broke away their chains.
    15Let them give thanks to the LORD for His loving devotion and His wonders to the sons of men.
    16For He has broken down the gates of bronze and cut through the bars of iron.

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    Ms Mary
    June 10, 2022

    Thank You, Jesus that You are the Good Shepherd who goes after the lost sheep and returns them to the fold!

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Susan CC
June 4, 2022

Gloria, your message is both timely and imperative. I just did a word search and it is obvious that peace is a constant directive throughout His Word. Billy Graham said “to have peace, we must possess the Peace-Giver.” Isaiah prophesied of His coming, The Prince of Peace. I pray countless today will feel the embrace this gift of God, as there is no peace without Jesus. I just prayed your prayer again and I believe you are, “wise about what is good and innocent of evil.” I pray, “the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your (our) feet. May the grace of our Lord Jesus be with you (us).” I pray the abundance of Christ in your life today and always, as your service in His Name is precious. Thank you for this sharing, it took me “all over the place.” It is a good word.

Romans 16:19, 20

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Emily Hoffman
June 4, 2022

Wow! Confirmation. Yesterday as I was praying, I heard the Lord speak to me about peace. In a world “screaming” either in pain or with frustration over divisiveness, His Peace will be what compels believers and non-believers. He put an emphasis on church “services” intentionally kindling His Peace. It’s not about backing down from Truth or being bold. It’s about creating an atmosphere different than that in the world. The body is to be a refuge of Peace.
I’m a “passionate” person, as my husband, politely calls me. I have a tendency to go from 0-90 in 3.0. Holy Spirit is helping keep my eyes on Him and fully aware of His presence within me. It’s all about Jesus! Amen. Amen. Amen.

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Lisa Goolsby
June 4, 2022

Amen 🙏🏻. Ty

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Sue Zweig
June 4, 2022

Lord, please give those who lead the state of Texas wisdom and discernment according to God’s guidance. Please comfort the people of Uvalde peace. Comfort them as only you can do. Amen

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Brian lynch
June 4, 2022

We need to remember that peace only comes to us as we trust the Lord. Peace is a gift of Holy Spirit. While Satanic activity is at an all-time high in these End Times, we have authority. Our authority comes to us as a result of being children of the King. We exercise this authority through intercessory prayer. This is our weapon, and the greatest gift we have in fighting against the Devil and his schemes. Lord, please give us the vision to stand firm against the enemy in these End Times, using the weapon that You have given to us. Help us to remain in peace, and to trust in You. In Jesus’ holy name.

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Barbara Janicki
June 4, 2022

I needed to read this this morning, as I get ready to head out on the neighborhood prayer walk. I can bring and release God’s peace into the streets I will be walking – I need to remember that wherever I go. God’s peace is one of His many good and perfect gifts. Thank You, Heavenly Father, may I share this gift of Yours everywhere I go with everyone I meet. http://www.mtothe5th.wordpress.com

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Stefanie
June 4, 2022

Great is our peace and Undisturbed composure! For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Behold! I have given you authority and power to trample upon serpents and scorpions, and [physical and mental strength and ability] over all the power that the enemy [possesses]; and nothing shall in any way harm you! He gives His angels charge over you to accompany and defend you, no weapon formed against you will prosper and every lying tongue that rises against you He will show to be in the wrong. Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world.
We need to bring back prayer in schools, post the 10 commandments in every classroom and teach children right from wrong. You shall have no other gods before Me.
You shall not make idols.
You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Honor your father and your mother.
You shall not murder.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
You shall not covet.
We are MORE THAN CONQUERORS thru Him who LOVED US!
Fear not is in the Bible 365 times. You have not been given a spirit of fear but a spirit of LOVE, a spirit of POWER and a spirit of a SOUND MIND! Take every thought captive unto the obedience of the Lord casting down imaginations and very thought that exalts itself against the knowledge of God!
We take Authority over our neighborhoods, cities, states, government in Jesus mighty name, the name above all names, that every knee must bow unto our Lord Jesus Christ. Know the Truth and The Truth will set you free!

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Adrian Lee Steininger
June 4, 2022

I loved the reminder of the peace Jesus gave & gives to us. I no longer want to read all the things we are bombarded with each day to destroy our peace. Thank you, Jesus!

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Matt
June 4, 2022

This is an unprecedented time in the history of our country. Lying, cheating, devaluing and loss of life, the evil that is being exposed in man is every where we look. And not only are we called to the action of talking with our Father about what is happening but we are called to a physical action of building Gods kingdom. If we do the one and ignore the other we are not only going to regret the outcome but we have failed in our mission that God has given every Christian. It is by building His kingdom that we change others into what He would have us all to be. And in doing so we change our country into what He would have it to be.
Every Christian is a Missionary. We either do our mission or fail.

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    Bobhuseby
    June 4, 2022

    Indeed Matt !! In Jesus name we pray

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    Barbara Janicki
    June 4, 2022

    So true! We are all missionaries right where we are. Thank you for this reminder. I better be living like I am on mission because I am! http://www.mtothe5th.wordpress.com

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    Susan CC
    June 4, 2022

    Truth very clearly stated Matt. I was reminded, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”—Mark 1:15

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