How to pray for the people of Manchester, England.

Our hearts mourn today for the people of Manchester, England.

This horrible terrorist attack at an Ariana Grande concert primarily attended by young girls is just unthinkable.

It is simply pure evil.

On days like today, we wonder what to say, especially on social media. Here is something not to say:

“Thoughts and prayers to . . .” or simply “Thoughts to . . .”

Thoughts to?

The better thing would be to say, “Praying FOR the families of the victims.” You cannot technically send “prayers to” someone who has died. You would pray for the families, friends, and survivors. To me, to simply say “thoughts to” is almost meaningless.

The best thing to say might be something along the lines of “Words cannot express how sad we are. We are praying for the families of the victims of this attack.”

What is most important is that we actually do pray. Often we say we will, but we don’t. Think about this for a moment: What if this were your city and what if these were your children?

Then pray for those who are mourning and are afraid. And pray for God’s protection in our country. And remember to pray to the Father in the name of Jesus Christ. That is the only way to be sure your prayers will be heard in Heaven.

6 thoughts on “How to pray for the people of Manchester, England.”

  1. S. N. says:

    When you pray, forgive. Faith works by love. If you don’t forgive your Heavenly Father won’t forgive your trespasses. Sin separates a person from God. If you don,t have love than you are nothing more than sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

  2. Marcus Richards - Aliso Viejo, Ca says:

    Signs of the times – The Manchester attack, and today the attack on Christians in Cairo, as well as all the other attacks around the world; The Domino’s have fallen. I do not propose to know the day or the hour, but it is clear that the occurrences of hate, death and destruction are closer together than they have ever been. Pray for the United States, pray for those around the world who are affected and pray for the salvation of those who have not yet known or allowed Jesus into their hearts for the time is near.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Our God is so awesome & He never sleeps…He will help the suffering people in Manchester….We all must pray …pray …pray ….Also “Let Go Let God ” He already has His plan 4 all of us,7 He will never let U down….Just tell Him how sorry U R 4 all of your sins ….He has already suffered & died 4 us all.. So thank Jesus every day …Rosemary St John

  4. Barbara says:

    Evil, yes. The last thing that comes to mind is to pray for the perpetrators, but that’s what Jesus wants us to do. Matthew 5-43-44. So let’s say prayers for God to comfort families who lost loved ones and for the bomber(s) too. Father, Deliver us all from evil, in the name of Jesus, Amen

  5. Carol Edwards says:

    I appreciate how you address the need to be thoughtful in our use of words when we express support for people crushed and devastated by loss and pain. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Lori says:

    Yes! Thank you, Pastor Greg!

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