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While We Await a Verdict…

Dear family in Christ,  Today the jury for the Derek Chauvin trial in Minneapolis begins deliberations, after which a verdict…

post by Ben Cachiaras

Dear family in Christ, 

Today the jury for the Derek Chauvin trial in Minneapolis begins deliberations, after which a verdict will be announced.  This provides an important moment in time for us as Christ followers to pray!  Some pastor friends in Minneapolis have been praying from the day George Floyd was killed, and now they are inviting Christ followers everywhere to join them in praying in this unique window of opportunity so that God’s people will unite their voices in earnest prayer, not just in my original home state of Minnesota, but in my now-home state of Maryland — and all across the nation. In the days before us, each of us has an opportunity to measure carefully our words and actions. Some are quick to minimize prayer, saying it is not enough. Indeed, much needs to be done. But people who know the living God understand that human solutions are never enough. And the most important — and first work — we must do is invite God’s presence and power through prayer.  Instead of reacting, let us be proactive in praying. Here are some prayer points we’re being asked to share in: 

As we wait for the jury to speak…

PRAY FOR GOD TO MOVE

PRAY FOR INTEGRITY & JUSTICE

PRAY FOR UNITY

PRAY FOR PEACE & PROTECTION

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Let’s put our minds on God’s word: Philippians 4:6-8 (NLT): Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. 8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing: fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 

And please, whether you understand it or not, please allow our black and brown brothers and sisters the chance to grieve —  no matter what happens. Every human being is in a different reality on this issue, what we can’t do is to expect anyone else to be where we are. Our differences are a part of what makes us human – and our compassion and love for those differences are what make us Christian! Thank you for praying with me. I love you. 

Ben

 

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