“How Long?”: Prayers for the people affected by the Pittsburgh Syngagogue Mass Shooting

It was with a heavy heart that I read about what happened to the synagogue in Pittsburgh Saturday. 11 people killed, and six people wounded—all for coming to worship.


These people are precious to Christ. Today, as I write about their deaths, I have no words, aside from Psalm 13:1-4.

“1How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
2 How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?
3 Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
4 and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,
and my foes will rejoice when I fall.”
(New International Version)


As we read such catastrophic headlines and watch the prayer vigils, the brokenness of this world becomes incredibly painful– and this is the cry of our hearts: “How long, Oh God, how long?!”
This must stop. Hear us as we pray, Lord Jesus. Come back; Maranatha.
Don’t let those who do such wicked things get away with it. In our pain, we are trusting in You.
Show Yourself faithful.
In Your Name we pray, Amen.


This post is specially dedicated to the 11 people killed in this mass shooting:Rose Mallinger, a 97-year-old resident of the predominantly Jewish neighborhood; Cecil and David Rosenthal, two brothers in their 50s and the youngest of the victims; and Bernice Simon and her husband, Sylvan, both in their 80s. Also killed were Joyce Fienberg, 75; Richard Gottfried, 65; Jerry Rabinowitz, 66; Daniel Stein, 71; Melvin Wax, 88; and Irving Younger, 69” (source).

Let’s continue to pray for and support these people, as they are reeling from such loss. Show them who You are, Lord Jesus. They need Your Comfort.


Do you know Jesus?

“Jesus wept.”
John 11:35, NIV

As we look at the tragedies happening all around the world, it is appropriate to remember that Jesus knows exactly what we are going through. As God in human flesh, He experienced the gamut of emotions, temptations, and sorrowful experiences—the Word even calls Him “A man of sorrows” (Isaiah 53:3).

Completely sovereign, He withheld His power, crying over the brokenness of the world He created.

As we mourn the loss of such precious people in the coming days, may we remember that we have a sympathetic High Priest, a God who yearns to save, comfort, and heal us. Learn more about Jesus, and how He can heal us, here.

Please pray for…


Thank you for your prayers.






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