Praying for the Champaign (IL) Police Department in the on-duty murder of Officer Chris Oberheim, and for a second wounded officer

Praying for the Champaign (IL) Police Department in the on-duty murder of Officer Chris Oberheim and for a second wounded officer

May 19, 2021
9:25 PM pst

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Our Father in Heaven, on this Mother’s Day, our hearts are broken and our spirits weak as we mourn with the men and women of the Champaign Police Department in the on-duty murder of Officer Chris Oberheim and wounding of a second officer. O’ Lord, there are times when we don’t know how to pray to You for the grief is so great. Nonetheless Lord, we know You know our hearts and hear our groans of pain at the loss of one of Your servant peacemakers. So Lord, we lift up the men and women of the Champaign Police Department and entire Illinois law enforcement community before your Throne of Grace and ask for Your mercies to touch their hearts with Your hands of loving kindness. May Your grace uphold those whose hearts are broken at the loss of a dear friend and co-worker. May Your mercies and amazing grace especially settle upon the family of Your fallen officer. May they intimately sense Your presence around them at all times knowing that it is You who will be carrying them through this difficult time of loss. May Your grace and healing touch be upon the wounded officer. As we know he is suffering both physical and emotional pain, we ask for Your peace to settle in his heart as he had to witness the loss of his partner. Fill him with Your love and endless mercies. We thank You, Lord, Your Word clearly says that the law enforcement officer does not carry his sword (or firearm) in vain for, “For he is God’s servant to do you good.” As we know this traumatic event has created great emotional trauma in the hearts of many law enforcement officers, we ask for Your mercies and comfort to be poured out upon them and may You preserve their hearts and minds from enduring any long-term traumatic fallout. Grant grace to the many first responders, medics and doctors who were involved in the life-saving efforts and treatment of all involved. And in the coming days as preparations will be made to say farewell to their fallen comrade, may many law enforcement officers be drawn close to You where they may examine their hearts and reveal their need for a personal relationship with You Lord, who is our Forgiver and Savior. Grant hope and comfort in the hearts of those grieving ever so greatly. Bring peace to the hearts of many with Your word as follows: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” And, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Wrap your Arms around every member of the Champaign Police Department and carry them through difficult days ahead. May you fill the investigators with wisdom as they piece together the details of this horrific incident. May many know Your love personally and receive You as their Savior and Friend, in the name of Jesus Christ we pray, Amen.

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