Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple


Prayer for the Families of Slain Police Officers

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Pray for the families of Mark Renninger, Ronald Owens, Tina Griswold and Greg Richards, the slain Washington State police officers gunned down south of Seattle while sitting in a coffee shop. As I write this, police have surrounded a house where the suspect, Maurice Clemmons, is hold up. God have mercy!

Sometimes we pray because nothing else is worth saying, and no one but God can do anything. This is one of those moments. What about this horrible tragedy makes sense? Where is the justice and mercy and hope God promises? These are questions for God alone, and only he is able to make something redemptive out of this senseless tragedy for the families of these peace officers. That’s why we pray… Nothing else makes sense.  

When horrible human events like this crash down upon us we have two options: We can turn on God or we can turn to God. We can blame and accuse and rail against him and hold him liable, or we can separate his heart from the vileness of those he has created and released to their own actions. In prayer we can make this choice, and ask God, without holding him liable, to do something good in response. That’s a choice we can make and prayer is the way to keep our sanity. Without prayer at such a time as this, I’d find no hope for the world…

Pray with me for the grieving, angry, confused families and friends of these public servants who have died senselessly in the line of duty.

“God this is your world. You have set the rules. You have created humans with the capacity to love but also to hate. We don’t understand why men and women do such evil, as the man who just gunned down police officers in Washington State. Still, here we choose to ask not ‘why?’ but ‘how?’ How now can you turn this disaster into something good? Through and past the pain  these families are now feeling, reach your hand to show them love and comfort. Draw them toward you and don’t let them turn in anger from the only One who can heal their brokenness and pain. Be present for them. In the emptiness of their sorrow show them steady, faithful kindness. Through this season of hope, give them miraculous hope. We can’t see ‘how’ this can become something good, but you do. You do not will such tragedies, but yes, you can use them. We ask that you would bless the families of the slain police officers Mark Renninger, Ronald Owens, Tina Griswold and Greg Richards. Let your light shine in the darkness. Do not let that darkness overcome your presence! In Jesus name.”



  • Michelle

    Lord, please bless these families that need your love, your strength and your support during this difficult time in their lives. Show them that they can and will get thru this, tell them how much you love them and tell them to pray and scream and cry and pray again. I pray that you all receive his love and the strength that you will need to get thru this difficult holiday season, but know that you are being prayed for, that people love you, and that what your family members did for us all made us safe and that is the most important thing in this world, to be safe. I am honored to pray for you and your family. I am honored to pray for such true heroes. May God bless you and always keep you safe, happy and well.

  • Terry

    I am a retired police officer, and just read about this incident.
    I offer my sincere prayers for the families of the Police Officers.
    I pray God will comfort the families, and give them peace.
    The Officers will be protecting the throne of God now..rest in peace!
    POLICE OFFICER’S PRAYER TO ST. MICHAEL
    St. Michael, Heavens glorious Commissioner of Police, who once so neatly and successfully cleared Gods premises of all its undesirables, look with kindly and professional eye on your earthly force.
    Give us cool heads, stout hearts, hard punches, an uncanny flair for investigation and wise judgment. Make us the terror of burglars, the friend of children and law-abiding citizens, kind to strangers, polite to bores, strict with law-breakers and impervious to temptations.
    You know, St. Michael, from your own experiences with the devil that the police officer’s lot on earth is not always a happy one; but your sense of duty that so pleased God, your hard knocks that so surprised the devil, and your angelic self-control give us inspiration.
    And when we lay down our nightsticks, enroll us in your Heavenly Force, where we will be proud to guard the throne of God as we have been to guard the city of men
    Amen

  • Regina Allen

    I would like to pray for my boys and my dear friend chris. I would also like to pray for my daughters, grandbaby, family members and for god to give me the strength to stop allowing guys to manipulate me.

  • Shaniqua

    I would like to pray for my mother who is really struggling right now but is somehow maintaining. Also to all the strong women out there for doing it with out a man. Pray for the homeless and the sickly. Pray for the men that have done my mother wrong for they are losing out on a good woman and companion. Pray for my brothers who both are incarcerated right now and will miss out on experiencing Christmas with their niece for her first Christmas and her bday. I pray that my sister make some money tomorrow so that my niece will have a nice Christmas.

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