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Session 25

Dear God, stop the violence

Read: Psalm 10:12-18, Psalm 12, Revelation 21:1-4

Children shoot each other, terrorists attack in gruesome ways, and domestic violence rocks our homes. Humans hurt each other — sometimes in horrific ways — because we live in a world broken by sin. It’s easy to feel like the violence will never stop. 

But one day, it will. Violence and pain were not God’s plan for humanity, and Jesus is coming back. He’s bringing justice and mercy and will set things right. As Christians, we can look forward to a day with no more pain and no more tears.

And while we wait, God promises to be with us, comfort us, and encourage us through our pain and fear. As we hope for the future day when Jesus will return and stop the violence, we can bring our questions, fear, and anguish to Him. Jesus promises to meet us in these heavy places.


Celebrate

  • How has God comforted and encouraged you in the midst of violence in your life or in our world? Thank Him for being present in your pain.
  • Where have you witnessed God’s justice and mercy? Tell Him what it means to you to experience His promise.


Anticipate 

  • What situation are you most looking forward to God bringing justice and mercy to? Thank Him that He promises to do it, and ask Him to hasten the day when He will set it right.


Ask 

  • What feelings and questions do you have? Bring them to God, and ask Him to give you comfort, encouragement, peace, and wisdom.
  • Have you, or someone you know, experienced violence? If not, what violence in the world most angers you? Ask God to forgive the perpetrators, bring them to salvation, and help you forgive them.
  • When are you most afraid of violence? Ask God for protection from violence, and to replace your fear with His peace.

1

Dear God, help me become more like Jesus

Dear God, help me become more like Jesus

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2

Dear God, guide my career choices

Dear God, guide my career choices

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3

Dear God, show me your presence today

Dear God, show me your presence today

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4

Dear God, I need you to come through big time

Dear God, I need you to come through big time

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5

Dear God, heal my body

Dear God, heal my body

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6

Dear God, help me to trust you with my money

Dear God, help me to trust you with my money

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7

Dear God, free me from this financial or relational burden

Dear God, free me from this financial or relational burden

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8

Dear God, I feel so alone

Dear God, I feel so alone

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9

Dear God, unite me and my spouse

Dear God, unite me and my spouse

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10

Dear God, guide my kids

Dear God, guide my kids

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11

Dear God, help me to believe for that relationship I’ve been waiting on

Dear God, help me to believe for that relationship I’ve been waiting on

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12

Dear God, help me to forgive others

Dear God, help me to forgive others

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13

Dear God, I’m worried about my friends

Dear God, I’m worried about my friends

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14

Dear God, help me to not give up on others

Dear God, help me to not give up on others

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15

Dear God, bless my pastors and church leaders

Dear God, bless my pastors and church leaders

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16

Dear God, save people in this place

Dear God, save people in this place

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17

Dear God, send people to do your work and give us opportunities to serve

Dear God, send people to do your work and give us opportunities to serve

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18

Dear God, may there be unity in the church

Dear God, may there be unity in the church

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19

Dear God, would you change the lives of the people in my group?

Dear God, would you change the lives of the people in my group?

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20

Dear God, help us to be bold when it comes to sharing the Gospel

Dear God, help us to be bold when it comes to sharing the Gospel

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21

Dear God, help me make sense of current events

Dear God, help me make sense of current events

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22

Dear God, hear my prayers for our nation’s leaders

Dear God, hear my prayers for our nation’s leaders

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23

Dear God, someone I love is sick

Dear God, someone I love is sick

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24

Dear God, where are you in natural disasters?

Dear God, where are you in natural disasters?

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25

Dear God, stop the violence

Dear God, stop the violence

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26

Dear God, deepen my love and appreciation of your Word

Dear God, deepen my love and appreciation of your Word

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27

Dear God, help me to not lose sight of your presence when things are going well

Dear God, help me to not lose sight of your presence when things are going well

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