In the Bible, Hope is more than a vague wish for something good to happen. The Christian’s hope is a sure and confident expectation in God; in his faithfulness, in his presence, and in his future for us, in the midst of every tragedy, no matter how dark. Jesus Christ has overcome every crisis in this world, and he can bring peace and hope into the darkest center of the darkest hour we can ever experience (see Jn 16:33).
Our hope in Jesus Christ extends beyond the horizon, and beyond the tragedy, into an eternity prepared for us by God himself.
That is our prayer for those suffering under this senseless tragedy. We pray they would take hold of the smallest thread of God’s hope, and we pray that thread would become a strong chain attached to an immovable anchor in heaven. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast (Heb 6:19)
Here is our prayer for those battling the darkness of this tragedy today; praying through Eph 3:14-19 for them.
14 When we think of all this, we fall to our knees and pray to the Father, 15 the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. 16 we pray from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower each of those impacted by this tragedy with inner strength through his Spirit. 17 We pray Jesus Christ will make his home in their hearts as they learn to trust in him. We pray deep roots will grow down into God’s love and keep them strong. 18 And may they have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is for them, especially now. 19 May they experience the love of Jesus Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. May each of them be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God, both now and for eternity. – By your mighty power, Lord, may you invade this dark situation and bring your light of life and hope. And may your name be glorified in the lives of all those who turn to you in this tragedy. In your name, Jesus, Amen.