"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    

BALTIMORE, AMERICA'S MURDER CAPITAL?

Yes, hard to believe, but true. For all the U.S. cities with a population greater than 500,000 residents, Baltimore has one of the highest homicide rates, beating out District of Columbia and only being surpassed by Detroit.  We are also among the cities with the highest crime rates. 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. For this year of 2015, crime has claimed these precious lives:

  • 3/2  Markez Jones-age 28
    3/3  Djuan Tillett-age 24
    3/12 Tameka Mobley- ge 34
    3/12 Terrell Walston-age 28
    3/12 Davon Jordan-age 30
    3/17 Alton Wallace III-age 27
    3/23 Daniel Brooks-age 33
    3/24 Sterling Day-age 23
    3/24 Jarrell Hicks-age 29
    3/25 Andre Robinson-age 23
    3/27 Travis Dixon-age 27
    3/28 Victor Gwaltney III-age 20
    3/30 Kemmontay Mitchell-age 27
    3/30 Jeremy Ward-age 26
  • 2/1 Tavares Swinson-age 36
    2/1 Derrick Dargan-age 25
    2/2 John Imbragalio-age 55
    2/11 James Williams-age 54
    2/12 James Maurice Edward Jr.-age 24
    2/13 unidentified male
    2/21 Kevin Mason-age 29
    2/22 Jawan Goode-age 31
    2/23 Leedell Brown-age 25
    2/24 Owen Crayton-age 24
    2/25 unidentified male
    2/28 Dwayne Reid-age 40
  • 1/3-Karim Bonner-age 25
    1/3 Josphat Kobia-age 40
    1/3 Leon Fleming-age38
    1/4 Matthew Thomas-age 11
    1/5 Brian Chase-age 32
    1/5 John Walsh-age 46
    1/9 Robert Thomas-age 40
    1/9 Troy Preston-age 47
    1/11 Darius White-age 20
    1/12 Anthony Richardson-age 32
    1/16 Troy Pinkney-age 30
    1/17 Donte Downer-age 29
    1/18 David Hall-age 25
    1/18 Harry Smith-age 23
    1/24 Jason Ballard-age 28
    1/25 Dashawn Allbrook-age 22
    1/26 Marlon Harvey-age 32 
    1/28 Davon Johnson-age 38
    1/29 Stephen Foreman-age 40
    1/29 James Smith-age 49
    1/29 Stephen Vaise-age 60
    1/30 Victor Underwood-age 18
    1/31 Marvin Barrett-age 24

       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.