It's been tweeted, posted, and spoken millions of times since Sunday's tragic shooting in central Florida.
Our thoughts and prayers are with . . .
Pray for the victims and families . . .
By Monday, I thought to myself, "Have I really prayed? What do I even pray for?" Horrific tragedy leaves us speechless. So we default to cliches and bumper sticker slogans. "Thoughts and prayers" is one of those lines.
If I'm going to say it, I better be willing to do it. And not just a personal meditation or thoughtless batch of words. Prayer isn't a conjuring of good vibes. It is a pleading cry to the living God of the entire universe.
Here are 12 things to specifically pray for:
Pray Psalm 13. It's an honest, pleading prayer to God in the middle of unexplained suffering. "How long, O Lord?"
Pray the Lord's Prayer. We need God's name, his kingdom, and his will to be done more than ever. "On earth as in heaven."
All of our prayers are "in Jesus' name." We know that there is no suffering in which Christ is not with us. The cross is proof. Lord, have mercy.