A Christian Response to the Tragedy in Connecticut

The Lord's Prayer 1After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. — Matthew 6:9-13 (KJV)

What do you do when faced with something that defies the description? You pray. Pray? Yes pray! What do we pray for? We should pray for:

  • Understanding…because there’s no way we can understand how this could happen;
  • Wisdom…because we don’t know how to respond properly;
  • Peace…because only God can give the victims’ families and others true peace in the heart and mind during such a time;
  • Healing…because there are many wounds that need healing—both physically and emotionally;
  • Forgiveness…because both we and the perpetrator need it…desperately!

Let Us Pray…

Father in heaven, thank you for the opportunity to pray on behalf of those who are hurting because of the senseless act of violence, carried out by the perpetrator(s) in that school in Connecticut…that caused so many lives to be affected in just a moment.

Father, you instructed us to “Come boldly before the Throne of Grace that we may obtain mercy and find Grace to help in the time of need.” and you said that if we “pray, seek your face, and turn from our wicked ways, you would forgive our sin and heal our land.” Although, we do not understand what would make someone do such a thing, we believe that you have the answer to all things!

We ask you today to help everyone affected by this tragedy: every victim, every witness, every staff member, and every family member of those who were lost or injured…please help us to understand and give us wisdom to do the right thing…your will that is.

So many lives have been shattered, but you and only you can bring true peace and healing to the lives of those injured and hurting. Father, I speak healing over the lives and bodies of everyone affected. Thank you for this!

Although you did not cause this tragedy, please use the aftermath to draw each victim and every one of us closer to and in a deeper relationship with You. For You, Lord, are our only hope in these desperate times!

Finally Lord, please forgive the one or ones who were a part of this horrific event that has broken so many lives and homes. Lord, if there are any others who were a part of this unspeakable act, may they find you and seek forgiveness for themselves as we ask you for forgiveness for both their and our sins and trespasses.

Thank you Lord for receiving this prayer in the matchless name of Jesus…we pray. Amen!

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Sebastian is a Christian, Author and Church Leadership trainer. His ministry calling, love for God, and His people; has led him into ministry of all types for over thirty years. He and his wife enjoy helping people in their walk of faith and finding solutions to the struggles of life, especially in the area of healing and marriage. Faith1st Blog is designed to open and continue the discussion on the subject of biblical "faith" as a "living" element of the Christian life. - "the just shall live by faith" - Habakkuk 2:4; Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38 (KJV).

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45 comments on “A Christian Response to the Tragedy in Connecticut
  1. […] A Christian Response to the Tragedy in Connecticut (faith1stministries.com) […]

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  2. WordsFallFromMyEyes says:

    I appreciated this, Sebastian. It felt grounded, gave me a moment’s peace and pause on the subject.

    I related to your comment above ‘not religious, but Christian’ as, having been brought up by nuns in an orphanage then an extremely Catholic aunty, then started living with my dad at 10 & would visit church on Sundays still but all alone, and that dropped off, and then the preachings seemed so irrelevant and repetitive, and then I lost all respect for Clergy (paedophilia COVER ups) – well, in short, I believe in Christ and look to follow his way of being for in its most basic delivery, it seems “the way to go”, to me.

    As I say, great post 🙂

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    • Sebastian says:

      Thank you, I’m happy this post resonated with you. Certainly, following Christ is the “way to go.” Believe me, the alternative (the world’s way) is not worth it. May God continue to lead you in His Way! Blessings!

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  3. sakuraandme says:

    Hi, *waving* thanks for checking out my blog! 🙂
    Back blogging in 1 weeks time. I’m not religious, but welcome everyone to my blog! 🙂
    Have a great Happy safe New Year! ……..Paula xx

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  4. boomer98053 says:

    Thank you, Sebastian, for starting to follow my blog: http://www.babyboomersandmore.com. Like yourself, I felt the need to write about the Sandy Hook disaster. As you mentioned, healing comes with prayer, and for me – on the very day that it happened – writing helped me to express what was going on, deeply in my spirit. May this horrific news story not disappear from our hearts. http://babyboomersandmore.com/2012/12/14/grief-on-friday-december-14-2012/

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    • Sebastian says:

      You’re welcome! This, as well as the many other tragic and horrific events happening around us, should call Believers back to our responsibility to pray for the Light of God’s Kingdom to be here on earth, as it is in Heaven.

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  5. alwayzhis says:

    AMEN!!! The last time my computer was working was last Thursday. I re-posted a post from Feb. of this past year. It is my daily prayer that we, as blood bought forgiven followers of Jesus Christ, get our lamps (light) trimmed and allow the Light of our Father’s Holy Spirit to shine through for everyone to see. It’s getting darker… we NEED to be brighter.
    Thank you Pastor S

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    • Sebastian says:

      You’re welcome and you are so right…the world is getting darker! A light shines brighter in darkness! We do “NEED to be brighter” and we can only do that through time spent with God and receiving His Light and Strength! Thank you for this comment and Blessings to you!

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  7. I broke down crying yesterday, thinking and praying for these families directly affected by this tragedy.

    May God bring thousands into His saving grace because of this trajedy!

    Thank you for your teaching.
    Blessings Brother!

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    • Sebastian says:

      You are so welcome! It is sad that these types of things have happened but we as Christians should use it as a wake-up call to take a stand against the spirit of terror that is behind things like this! Blessings to you and welcome to Faith1st.

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  9. Connecticut thanks you Sebastian. God blesses.

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  10. Excellent prayer and word to the family’s and nation. I agree with Ellie. When you take God out of school, the enemy comes in like a flood as he has been doing since God was removed by the judges of this nation. When there is a void in the world of love – when people begin to turn on one another and shake their fist in the face of a Holy God and blame Him for their lack of love, you can not expect anything other than what is going on. Evil is as real as God and Evil is quickly taking it role in the revelation of the last days we are living in ….. I read the last chapter and I pray the Lord help us to be bold in witnessing to the truth of His love.

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    • Sebastian says:

      Excellent comment! The evil that is in this world has been here since the fall of man. However, Jesus came to give Believer’s power over it all! We cannot rely on the world’s system to fix this, we have to roll up our sleeves, get on our knees, and declare “thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.”

      Please see my other responses to comments made to this post! Blessings to you and thank you again!

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      • Our church has opened it doors from 10 a.m. to 5p.m. for anyone to come in and pray, read the scripture aloud or worship on a daily basis. All are invited to come. More churches should be doing this and more people should be taking advantage to come together in unity and pray for this nation, the leaders, schools, family, friends and enemies…… Love covers a multitude of sins.

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      • Sebastian says:

        That is wonderful! It is sad that many churches have retreated in fear and have called it wisdom! We are the blood-bought children of the most High God…whose power no man or foe can withstand!

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    • A big Amen Revelation! If we don’t teach our children right from wrong, who will . . . Madonna . . . Lindsay Lohan??? Thanks but no thanks!! “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15.

      (How I wish we lived in Atlanta so we could attend Sebastian’s church of common sense and truth! It’s a long commute from Arizona)

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      • Sebastian says:

        Ahhh Ellie, you are so kind! We could benefit from your ministry for sure! Although you are in Arizona, please join with us in prayer as we seek to be sensitive to the Lord’s guidance in this global move! Blessings!

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      • You can commute in prayer and worship by the Spirit of the Lord. Not quite as good as being there but it is a start> Praise the Lord, you are so right about who needs to be our childrens teacher…His name is Jesus!

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      • Sebastian says:

        Jesus absolutely MUST be the teacher of our children and we as well! We must turn to God for the answer to our world’s ills!

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  11. In the ’60s I was attending when prayer and bible study were taken out of schools, eventually no student could bring their Bible into the school, then the ten commandents were taken out and now no Christmas manger scene of the baby Jesus can be displayed. Who did they think would come knocking on the door to fill the void????

    These same people who blocked Christ from entering schools, are now the same ones who shake their fist at God and demand, “Why did YOU allow this to happen to these innocents?”

    Change must begin from within the human heart or we’re only masking the problem.

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    • Sebastian says:

      Thank you Ellie for this comment! If there is to be any change, it has to start within the heart of man! First, Christians must stop being Christians in name only and understand that God has given us authority on this earth and the responsibility to use that authority!

      If WE do that properly, more people will come to a true and lasting relationship with the Lord and add to the number of those standing against evil!

      This cannot be legislated or regulated, it has to be bound and cast down in the Spirit!

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  12. fgassette says:

    AMEN! Thank you Sebastian! Joining you in prayer.

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

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  13. Freedomborn says:

    Sorry Sabastian I meant to clarify that some pain is needed as a warning the same as bad feelings when we do wrong, God knowing about the fall from Eternity created us this way but needless suffering and hardship does not come from God , He does not afflict us with evil or promote it for good reasons the Scriptures tell us this is slander, but He does work everything for good in our lives, we are to Love Him not fear Him.

    Lamentations 3: 33 For He doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men. Christian Love Anne

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    • Sebastian says:

      God is not schizophrenic! It is interesting that people would rather blame God for the evil in the world than take responsibility for not taking the God-given authority we have to bind these spirits! Thank you again Anne!

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  14. Freedomborn says:

    Dear Sebastian, although I feel deeply for all those who will suffer because of this horrific Tragedy, I’m also very righteously angry, with hearing statements like God allowed it, it was within His will … rubbish God does not condone evil or agree with it, He is Love, yes He tolerates it so all of His redeemed Children will have time to come to heart repentance. He is patient not wanting one to perish, meaning their soul and so it has been down through the ages. If we agree with evil, we will eventually do it, even our law punishes those who are accomplishes even if they don’t personally do evil.

    When we look at the words in the Lords Prayer that you shared Sebastian, it tells us very clearly what God’s will is…. in Heaven there is no evil, no suffering , only Joy. Lets be real, we can’t honestly Love someone who we believe would deliberately hurt and afflict us with pain even if we sugarcoat it and say it is for our good ?if we welcome suffering and hardship and are grateful for the pain, then we are a Masochist, sadly those who do believe that God afflicts us must believe He is a Sadist also and don’t really understand what the Scriptures are saying when it refers to suffering and giving thanks, we rejoice not for the suffering but that we are not alone in it and that God will bring good from it, and yes we will also be rewarded for our faithfulness.

    Love and many Blessings – Anne

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    • Sebastian says:

      I agree with your statement: “God does not condone evil or agree with it”. Evil does not come from God, it is here because of the curse. It is the believer’s responsibility to take a stand against this using our “weapons of warfare” (2 Chronicles 7:14; 2 Corinthians 10:3-5). Our God IS Love…end of discussion!

      Thank you for your input Anne!

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    • Melissmor says:

      Hi Anne and Sebastian (Happy New Yearrrrrrrr). I’ve read your entry and I understand your point and exactly what you are saying and likewise, I am also hurt by this situation that took place especially so close to Christmas and the loved ones left behind, but you know what? I think sometimes we (society at large) forget about the two aspects of life. There is good – God and there is evil – Satan.

      Sometimes we forget satan is doing everything in his power to overthrow the works of God and sometimes, it’s not so much God allowing just that to happen, but more so I believe (and this is only an opinion) satan really inviegles us in the weakness of our own flesh to carry out his works. Simply put God warned Adam/Eve about the forbidden fruit and then satan came about all innocently and sweetly influencing them to eat from the tree God warned them about – he made it seem as the right thing to do adding great reason to it and all, we are given the choice of free will in everything we do – God speaks to us so does satan in all situations and then we are left with the choice via free will to make. Same thing I see with this situation, this can happen to the best and worst of us. While I believe this is no way an excuse to go around doing wrong and then mentally make satan famous, what I’m trying to state is that God gets blamed easily for things satan are liable for. Take the saying “at the end of each grey cloud there’s a silver lining”. The grey cloud – that’s satan, he causes pain, debt, destruction, harm, hurt, and the list goes on, but the silver lining – that’s God, because no matter how crazy our lives are, nothing is too big for God, He delivers us out of our crazy situations in time.

      Now the next question we may ask is why? Why does God allow satan to ruin our lives. Actually, God does not allow anything he does not want/or what he knows is wrong or bad, WE allow it, based on the decisions we make. We all know running a red light is wrong. It’s wrong when the sun is shining and the road is loaded with traffic, it’s also wrong when it’s the wee hours of night/early morning and there’s hardly anyone on the road. Why still run it? You know? We allow a lot of crazy things into our lives based on the decisions we make, ESPECIALLY the decisions where we are fully aware what we are doing is wrong.

      Now, I’m not knocking anyone here, I really do understand where you are coming from Anne and I understand your frustration expressed, it makes all the sense in the world and Sebastian I also understand where you are coming from in terms of us seeking healing in order to proceed in life. While we know our world isn’t perfect, we can work on building better communities around us and ricocheting the blessings of God’s Goodness to each and everyone around us.

      I love you guys!

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      • Sebastian says:

        Thank you for this comment, it is a good one!

        If I heard you right, I agree with you that it is not God Who does the “allowing” but rather ourselves. Now, this does not apply to non-believers because they have not received the free gift of salvation.

        I prefaced it with that because the earth is still under the curse and everyone who does not accept Jesus as savior remains powerless against the effects of sin.

        God expects us to take authority over this world but first to submit ourselves to Him in everything. Our minds must be renewed to the will and ways of God as outlined in the Word.

        As you say, the choice is ours and our experiences are based on the choices we make. God want the best for us and it is our responsibility to follow His will and be an example of His Light in this earth!

        There is so much more to this subject and I look forward our discussion! Blessings to you!

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      • Melissmor says:

        Yes, you definitely got it clearly (was worried I was confusing) lol. Yes, and you are correct, even said it better – we HAVE to submit ourselves to God, placing Him first, that way we make right (or at least) better decisions and righteously said, someone who has not accepted God, don’t know Him (no fault of theirs) or outright lay rejects God, cannot understand the power to overcome evil. Yay yay. You said it well. I love your posts. Keep bringing on the word of God.

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      • Sebastian says:

        Thank you, I appreciate your responses and your input to my posts…it adds to the discussion! Blessings!

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  15. Debbie says:

    Thank you for helping us to pray. God bless you.

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