"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." II Chronicles 7:14    

Hour of Prayer

Every Wednesday starting 10/7/15 @ 9 p.m.; call (641) 715-3580, access code 580726#

BALTIMORE, AMERICA'S MURDER CAPITAL?

In 2015, the Baltimore homicide deaths totaled 344 victims. Baltimore has one of the highest homicide rates among U.S. urban cities. Our historic city has become the "deathplace" for over 600 citizens between 2010 and 2012, and the numbers continue to climb. In 2013, 235 lives were lost. In 2014, 201 were slain, and as stated in 2015, 344 people met a tragic end. For this year 2016, crime has claimed these precious lives:

  • 3/3   Darrin Johnson, Jr.-age 34
    3/6   Deangelo Cypress-age 19
    3/10 Darius Bruce-age 20
    3/12 Jamar Kelly-age 22
    3/14 Dayshawn Cole-age 20
    3/15 Kenneth Colllins-age 45
    3/16 Decorey Horne-age 20
    3/17 Ronnie Wallace-age 36
    3/18 Antonio Hilton-age 23
    3/19 Raekwon Parker-age 20
    3/20 Alan Taylor-age 39
    3/22 Kevin Phillips-age 24
    3/22 Shelby Miller-age 29
    3/24 Maikeli Hawkins-age 40
    3/27 Sterling Stanfield-age 29
    3/29 Leroy E Johnson-age 33
    3/30 Anthony Hunter-age 30
    3/31 unidentified male-age 34
  • 2/1 Gerald Williams-age 21
    2/3 Melvin Mouldin-age 64
    2/3 Troy Biggus-age 2
    2/5 Sabrina Kelly-age 53
    2/5 Eric Dorsey-age 42
    2/8 Antonino Newsome-age 28
    2/10 Edwin Rivera-age 18
    2/10 Pleasant Broadus-age 42
    2/11 Tony Edwards, Jr.-age 31
    2/12 Robert Pryor-age 28
    2/15 Nolan Coley Jr.-age 18
    2/17 Anthoney Drumgoole-age 25
    2/18 Jamar Wise-age 24
    2/19 Sheila Jordan-age 60
    2/19 Quindell ford-age 15
    2/19 Anthony Daniels-age 20
    2/21 unidentified male -age 20
    2/22 Gerald Hill, Jr.-age 22
    2/23 Michael Powell-age 21
    2/25 Diallo B. Roberts-age 36
    2/26 James Thompson-age 30
    2/29 Daniel Jackson-age 17
  • 1/1 Sharon Williams-age 61
    1/6 Edward Yesaitis-age 48
    1/7 James Dankins-age 28
    1/7 Brian Tabb-age 25
    1/10 Robert Ponsi-age 29
    1/10 Katrina Jennings-age 2
    1/12 Sierra Burley-age 29
    1/15 Manuel Hision-age 22
    1/19 Maurice Kosh-age 22
    1/19 Isahia Bonner-age 24
    1/26 male-age 19
    1/29 male-age 16

       This is a solicitation for the intercessors and prayer warriors all over the city to begin human prayer chains outside of your sanctuaries and in front of your church buildings. This is an interdenominational petition, understanding that unity and the power of prayer transcends denominations.  As believers across Baltimore incline God's ear, the expectation is for God, through this prayer movement, to revolutionize this city. We are committed to being intercessors until we see a change in the crime/homicide rate (preferably to zero).

 
      The suggested strategy employed is likened to that of the Israelites in the Old Testament.  It is true that God made them victorious over their adversaries and "delivered" the enemies into their hands. They prayed from the Tabernacle but then girded up, went to the battlefield, and made themselves visible to the adversary.  Assembling ourselves to pray is what believers have been doing all along, but strategically changing our position from inside the church to the outside and being visible to evildoers in our communities adds an audiovisual impact to our prayer.

We admonish every believer to get involved and here's how:

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    Speak with the church leaders /pastor about starting a human prayer chain at your local church. This consists of linking arms/holding hands with the congregants and designating one person to lead the prayer.

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    Decide on a convenient time to have the prayer. For example, prayer participants can convene either a few minutes before or after an already scheduled worship service.

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    Post a request for participants on your church bulletin board or have it read in your church announcements.

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    Be consistent with the prayer chain, and make it an integral part of the church's weekly activities.