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Boston Marathon Bomb Attack: Your Prayers are Needed

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By Jeremy Reynalds, ANS and christianemergencynetwork.org, April 15 and 16, 2013

BOSTON – Two bombs struck near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, turning a celebration into a scene of destruction.

A story by Josh Levs and Monte Plott for CNN said the blasts threw people to the ground. Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said Monday night that the death toll had risen to three. Scores were injured at the scene.

One of the dead was an 8-year-old boy, according to a state law enforcement source.

CNN said hospitals reported at least 141 people are being treated, with at least 17 of them in critical condition and 25 in serious condition. At least eight of the patients are children.

An email sent to the ASSIST News service by the Christian Emergency Network (CEN) emphasized the importance of prayer.

CEN encouraged prayer for first responders and the church to bring the hope of Christ to Boston and the nation.

In addition, the email continued, “Pray for those who are responsible for this incident, that their hearts will be convicted and they will be brought to repentance before God. Also, pray for protection of our nation and the peace known in Jesus.”

As with all incidents, CEN encourages a prayer response. Here are some specific prayer points to consider:

  • Pray for First responders and the church to bring the Hope of Christ in Boston and nation around crisis
  • Pray for those who are responsible for this incident, that their hearts will be convicted and they will be brought to repentance before God
  • Pray for protection of our nation and the peace known in Jesus
  • Pray for those impacted that God will intervene and provide healing, peace and comfort
  • Pray for those who are injured
  • Praise for two Christian marathon runner who finished early and were spared from this incident

We also encourage you to use this opportunity as a reminder to put your personal and church emergency response plans in place.

Update by CEN, April 16, 2013

 

As information continues to be discovered regarding the explosions in Boston, we want to keep you apprised of what we now know.

  • 130 people injured and 3 have been confirmed fatal
  • JFK Library explosion has been declared a fire and not related to the other 2 explosions
  • Ground security has been established at local airports
  • Transit authority was shut down due to the incident
  • Continued sweeps are happening throughout the city to investigate other potential threats
  • Cell service is once again operational, although limited due to the number of calls being made

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone impacted by this incident in Boston, especially the families and loved ones of those injured. Federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies continue to respond and at the President’s direction, the Department of Homeland Security is providing any support necessary in this ongoing investigation. We encourage the public to be vigilant, and to listen to direction from state and local officials.”

~ Statement by Secretary Napolitano on Boston Explosions

What is our Biblical Response? Prayer, Care, and Share the Hope of Christ!

PRAYER: National Day of Prayer Task Force, provides the following prayer points…

The city of Boston is in deep need with the bombings near the finish line of the Marathon. Please join us in lifting up in prayer all directly impacted by this tragedy.

As we continue to receive updates, may the Lord guide us to pray for:

The families directly affected with sudden loss of life and injury physically and emotionally.

  • Medical and counseling teams treating and serving the injured and their families.
  • First responders to be protected and guided in their service to this urgent tragedy.
  • Protection and wisdom for all investigative personnel from Homeland Security, law enforcement agencies and fire departments.
  • The Christian pastors, ministries and residents to reach out with the ready hope and help we have in our Living God:  Psalms 46: 10 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
  • Ongoing efforts to keep our streets, cities, and borders safe for this nation’s citizens both now and in the future.

Lord our God, we come as a people concerned for our fellow American citizens in the city of Boston specifically.  God, help them to seek Your help now and going forward day by day.  Draw this city, this nation to You. From Psalms 62: 8 Lord, “Let us trust in You at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.

 For more information on responding to incidences such as this, go to www.christianemergencynetwork.org

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