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Urgent Prayers for the Riots in America

Published June 9, 2020 | Updated June 9, 2020

by Joseph Shulam

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    The following is taken from a message I recently wrote to a friend in the USA:

    I have some urgent prayers for America. The incident of the two policemen pushing this old man is sad and totally unnecessary. The police are tired and overworked and have lost their patience and their trust in the system.

    The reason for this is simple: the hands of the police are tied behind their backs from fear of what the system will do to them if they use any force.

    American Democracy is beginning to falter. These riots during the coronavirus epidemic have given us much to pray about. Here are our urgent prayers.

    You saw the video of two criminals in NYC getting battered by so-called demonstrators, and not defending themselves, and not pulling their guns in self-defense. Now the police do not know who is the enemy any more.

    Riots and the Coronavirus Signify a Breakdown

    These events in the middle of the Coronavirus have scrambled the eggs of the system. I don’t believe that these demonstrations are spontaneous even for one minute.

    When you see black African-Americans and white folk in such numbers all around the USA, joined by European countries, demonstrating for a drug-addicted convict who suffered an unrighteous death in Minneapolis, and people during these demonstrations distributing hundred dollar bills to the demonstrators — you can’t believe this is spontaneous.

    Also, when you see police and television cameramen taking video of the mob breaking into Park Avenue and Fifth Avenue shops like Tiffany’s, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Gucci, Hermes, and do nothing to stop those criminals… what you are seeing is a systematic breakdown. No country with any self-respect can allow it’s police or security forces to stand by and allow this kind of behavior go unchecked and unpunished.

    Anarchy is the Result

    Trump is talking about groups like Antifa involved in organizing and promoting these wild, unlicensed, curfew-breaking demonstrations. In Wuhan, China, when they had the curfew for the Coronavirus three months ago, people who went into the streets and broke curfew were shot dead, and then people started to take the curfew seriously.

    What we are seeing is a breakdown of the whole system. A revolution like France in 1848.

    The government is afraid to enforce the law. The policeman are afraid that if they shoot someone who is breaking the windows of Tiffany’s in Fifth Avenue they will go to jail, because the police commissioner and the law will not back them.

    Everything and every criminal is on camera and there is no justice… This a breakdown of the system.

    This kind of behavior does not happen just because of another case of police brutality. It happens only when the government is considered impotent. Talks tough but doesn’t carry a big-enough stick.

    It happens when the intelligence community, with all 17 intelligence organizations, are ignored by the political leaders. It happens when there is deep mistrust between the top leaders and the chiefs of the FBI and the NSA and the DIA…

    It starts by the government allowing organizations that are known to be subversive and anti-democratic to poison the college campuses, all in the name of freedom of expression and freedom of degradation of human nature (LGBTQ)…

    People report getting money to participate in these so-called riots. When a body works from inside against itself, it is called a cancer.

    Democracy is Fragile

    Democracy is a fragile thing. It has to be protected and guarded by feeding it healthy respect for individual freedoms, and also justice and righteousness.

    Democracy and freedom, without justice and righteousness, is anarchy and lawlessness. This is the birthplace of tyranny and dictatorship.

    I fear for the USA, and pray for the USA, and pray even more for the impotence of most of the evangelical Christian leaders who have nothing important and sane to say to their beloved country.

    I say most, but, thank God, not all. There are just a few brave souls who speak and stand for truth and justice, and most of the ones that I have heard are African-American.

    But there are always more fake “reverends” who insight more riots and fan the flames of hate and division.

    I hope it is not too late for the good old USA to survive this wave of bad-smelling waters of hate and reverse racism. Where is the logic and reason that, for the misfortunate death of poor George Floyd, at least six policemen were killed — some shot dead, some beaten to death!

    Urgent Prayers for Restoration

    Well, I am praying with tears non-stop in the following order:

    1. For the spiritual leaders of the USA to stand up in their communities and stand for truth, righteousness, justice, love, and respect for all human life. “Black Lives Matter” is a racist statement that will not bring peace or prosperity to the black communities in the world.
    2. For the US agencies of law and order to hunt down those criminals that broke shop windows and bring them to justice to the full severity of the law. If this does not happen, this will continue and grow from Main Street to private homes of the wealthy.
    3. For the government of the USA to have the full House and Senate join in an emergency unity bipartisan government to set law and order in the country. They have to learn to work together. If they don’t, the nation will lose trust in the government and it will quicken the end of American democracy.
    4. For the US government to participate in the rebuilding and restoration of the businesses that were looted across the USA. If President Trump does not do this, he will lose the election, speeding up the process of destroying freedoms and democracy.
    5. Pray and confess the sins of the people — the police, the African-Americans, the spiritual leaders, and the fake Hollywood-type Christianity… we all need to seek the Lord and commit to get back to the values of Yeshua’s disciples…

    I love the USA, that is why I am very sad about what is going on. What makes it harder for me is that this thing is happening in the middle of a worldwide Coronavirus crisis — a time when the Lord expects His children to unite and show love, support, and empathy toward each other! Enough!

    May these urgent prayers help restore the USA in these trying times.

    Published June 9, 2020 | Updated June 9, 2020

    About Joseph Shulam

    Joseph Shulam was born in Bulgaria in 1946 to a Sephardic Jewish Family. In 1948 his family immigrated to Israel. In 1981, Joseph and the small fellowship that was started in his house established one of the first official non-profit organizations of Jewish Disciples of Yeshua in Israel – Netivyah Bible Instruction Ministry. Joseph has lectured extensively and has assisted in encouraging disciples around the world. He and his wife Marcia have two children and two grandchildren.

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    11 thoughts on “Urgent Prayers for the Riots in America”

    1. Shannon Mcclung

      Thank you for your prayers Sir.
      America has been ripe for judgement for a long time now. We truly are “The Great Satan”, as some say.
      Two solar eclipses have been given to our nation with 7 years spanning between. The first was in 2017, and 2024 is the next. Perhaps this is a timeframe of grace given for repentance.
      America is not The Promised Land- that Land is Israel. My daughter and I hope to be able to move back to this beautiful Land soon. Again, thank you for your truth spoken in love and prayers for us during these times.
      Shalom and blessings to you Sir.

    2. As an African American I am sickened by your article. You mentioned nothing about the fact that we have never been treated fairly in this country and that racism met us from the very beginning. For centuries we have endured abuse at the hands of the government. The laws were specifically written against us. You did not mention pray for these people for what they endure on a daily basis. ALL of us not just “the bad ones”. As a Jewish man I would think that you would understand given the hate that Jews face around the world. How would you feel if people said the pain you suffered and endured at the hand of others was “unfortunate”. George Floyd was no hero but our point is instead of making it to jail he was killed on the street and THIS is NOTHING new to blacks. It is not just criminals that are treated this way. WE ALL ARE TREATED THIS WAY and we are so tired of people saying what you say and never listening to us.

      1. I support you Tiffaney.

        With all sincerity, Mr. Shulam, please consider reading “White Rage” by historian Dr. Carol Anderson, “How to Be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi, watching interviews with Representative John Lewis (see Rep. John Lewis’ message to protesters fighting for racial equality on YouTube) and watching Kimberly Jones “How Can We Win.”

      2. Look man don’t miss the forest for the trees. The message is bigger than just what’s going on for black people it’s about all people in this nation. The breakdown of freedom and the American way. For everyone. We must repent and receive our forgiveness then pull ourselves together in unity and love through the Christ to overcome the whirlwind of problems we have. Together in love and forgiveness. This is the most powerful of all….love not hate and violence.

        1. Mr. Hudson and Mr. Shulam,

          Please consider these words that were recently shared by politically conservative/Trump supporting black Americans  yesterday (June 10th, 2020) at the White House at the invitation of President Trump. 
          After reading these words, I hope you will be able to start to see that there is a great need for change in the black community of America. 

          There are several participants and the conversation continues for twenty-five minutes.  I will go in chronological order, and I am only highlighting parts relevant to the topic of this post. 

          Wayne Dupree
          My daughters and my son and my family, they want to see a lot more positive things coming from the White House. They want to see your leadership.  And they also want to see things change for the better in this country. 

          Sonnie Johnson
          The black community is not doing ok…. It’s not ok. 
          We are not okay when it comes to things like education because we are not able to get quality choice into our communities because we don’t have any position or power within our school boards to be able to fight for those things, and not just to get charters in but also to bring in some reformation of the public school system as it stands too.

          So, yes as well as criminal justice reform and a lot of other things, as well as health and things we can put down on the list… (she says more and then talks about the city of Ferguson in the USA….)

          But if you go back and look at Ferguson, the DOJ did a report on Ferguson and what came out of that report was that the mayor’s office was using the police force as a taxation unit.  So they were forcing interactions between police and citizens as a way for them to raise money and bring money into the mayor’s office. That was causing over-policing.

          Mr. Smith
          (Sonnie said it well) a lot of these things are systemic….
          COVID shined a light on: on access to capital, it shined a spotlight on health disparities,  and then recently with the protests, how can we create better police and community relations.

          Kareem Lanier
          The current issue we are having right now is police reform which is so much needed.   We did criminal justice reform but police reform is the gateway to what we see as an unjust criminal system sometimes.  Meaning, if a crooked cop doesn’t do a terrible corrupt thing with an individual, we never get into that bad system … This whole situation with policing, it’s not new to black people.  We’ve been used to it.  As a kid I got harassed by the police all the time, and I was a good kid.  But it’s part of our community.  And so we do need some things to happen on the police-reform side. 

          These are just a few of the voices speaking out. And perhaps since these are conservative voices speaking out, you will be more willing to hear them.

          I will end with the famous words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
          “No one is free until we are all free.”   

      3. Marcus Vinicius Russell Maturana

        Barack Hussein Obama II é um advogado e político norte-americano que serviu como o 44.º presidente dos Estados Unidos de 2009 a 2017

    3. Well, prayer for America is definitely needed. Yes. the perpetrators and instigators Need to be caught and prosecuted.
      As a medical professional I must inform you that anyone deprived of oxygen for 4 to 6 minutes DIES. The police job is to catch and deliver perpetrators to the justice system. It is not the Police officers job to EXECUTE anyone. I pray for police officers and when able donate to some their fund drives for families of fallen officers.
      INHUMANE treatment of anyone is inhumane treatment for everyone. You do not live here where abuse of power and position of authority by some police officers who are racist goes unchecked. Racism (which a spiritual stronghold of hate and murder) has been an undercurrent now has been brought to the forefront. Before America can take the “splinter out of other countries eyes she must first take the long standing logs out of her own eyes.”
      Please note in the new Testament several instigators and others would stir up the crowd to commit murder and other atrocities. People don’t change that much.
      On our knees we and peaceful protestors must prayer for Godly wisdom and discernment to not be used by others with hidden agendas. Satan the Adversary of mankind uses every opportunity to further wreak pain and chaos.
      Pray that our eyes of understanding will be opened to his schemes and tactics and that everything will work out for the good of all (Police officers and citizens) and that God (The Lord of Hosts ) will be glorified.
      Signed,
      A. Thomas
      An African American who loves the Lord and is praying for her country.
      By the way, I pray for Israel as well.

    4. America is absolutely NOT the “great Satan.” It is a land whose freedoms have been hijacked by the true enemy, a radical left that seeks to destroy our very civilization by stirring up through anarchy the destruction of the entire West, including Europe. In their literature these anarchists very clearly state their objectives in the form of “manifestos” and “10 point doctrines,” the first of which reads, “Freedom begins when America dies.”
      This is a spiritual warfare between the forces of light and darkness. Joseph calls upon the community of believers to “rise up, oh, men and women of God.” I’m with him.
      Archbishop Vigano has also sounded a spiritual call to arms. If God is with us, who can be against us?

    5. How one person’s terrible mistake can bring disaster on his own life and on whole nation. The same with virus corona. Just little unseen virus that can paralyse whole world. How brakeable world is beside all richness and highest towers made by hand of man. I believe this is just warning a wake up call from heaven!

    6. Thank you for your guidance in this. America is well worth saving. Unfortunately we have a enemy within. It has been brewing for several decades. But with G-d and much pain and suffering He will restore the USA.

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