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Editor’s Note: Since the publication of this article, Gregory McMichael and his son, Travis McMichael, have been arrested and charged with murder and aggravated assault.

A graphic video has emerged this week of a Georgia shooting. Two white men, Gregory McMichael and his son, Travis McMichael, cornered a black man named Ahmaud Arbery and shot him at point-blank range. The incident has provoked widespread outrage and grief from many, including Christian leaders, particularly from those in the African American community.

“To be black man in America is, still, to live without liberties,” tweeted Pastor John Onwuchekwa. In a separate tweet, he added, “And in the off chance that we ever forget, or begin to daydream that we’re somehow in less danger, we’re always reminded. Never gently, but forcefully. There’s no way to gently remind someone of horror. Lord, remind us of your goodness!! Please!”

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“So how will you prepare for the storm? If we wait to prepare until we’re in the middle of a temptation, we’re too late. We must be proactive. We need to see the storms coming from afar, and reinforce our walls ahead of time. The strength we need to endure the storm ultimately comes from God, but we must take hold of his strength through prayer. ”

~ John OnwuchewaPrayer66-67.

While being interviewed before a boxing match, Mike Tyson was asked for his thoughts on his opponent’s style. Tyson observed. “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”

Likewise, everyone has a plan for how they’ll be victorious until adversity comes. Once disorientation hits, all resolved, strength, and composure vanish like a boxer’s two front teeth.

~ John OnwuchewaPrayer65.

“The local church serves as a greenhouse where our prayers thrive. The local church creates the ideal environment for us to maximize the benefits of prayer while mitigating the dangers of selfishness and pride…”

~ John OnwuchewaPrayer62.

“He (Jesus) commands us to pray for our daily bread so that we’re reminded that every last gift is from God”

~ John OnwuchewaPrayer, 57.

“We certainly shouldn’t try to impress others with our prayers, but we always involve them in our prayers. Why? Because we’re family. God is not just my Father, ‘Our Father.’ These two words remind us that we’re both children of God and siblings to each other. Prayer was never meant to be a merely personal exercise with personal benefits, but a discipline that reminds us how we’re personally responsible for others”

~ John OnwuchewaPrayer, 41.

“Here’s our problem: prayerlessness is spiritual suicide.”

~ John OnwuchewaPrayer, 39.

“if prayer clings to the hope we share in Christ, then prayer should reflect our togetherness in Christ. If prayer has a gospel shape, then by implication it must have a church shape.”

~ John OnwuchewaPrayer, 37.

“Like a prescription, prayer eases our concerns before repairing our circumstances.”

~ John OnwuchewaPrayer, 36

“This is our problem–and it seems many churches simply don’t realize how little they pray together, or how little their prayers reflect the bigheartedness of God.” pray more. Not rocket science, I know.”

~ John OnwuchewaPrayer, 14.

May 2020