At the global level, the world’s leaders need our prayers that they will make decisions that bring both peace and justice. Their decisions can affect many people. Our prayers are with those who are in some form of security around the world who may be called upon to act in the face of very dangerous situations—particularly those in the police and military. We remember in prayer the family and friends of those hostages that God will give them comfort and peace. We even pray for those who willingly inflict violence and evil that their hearts may be transformed and changed by the power of God’s grace and love. Jesus reminded us in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5 to pray for those who persecute us.
On a personal level, we pray that God will help us to not be a part of any form of evil or injustice ourselves. That is part of the Lord’s Prayer that Jesus taught us that we may be delivered from evil. I encourage you to remember all these people and situations in your prayers.