Pray for Charlotte

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The city of Charlotte, NC experienced the second night of protests last night after a deadly police shooting earlier this week. On Tuesday, Keith Lamont Scott, an African-American man, was shot and killed by a police officer while waiting for his son to get home from school. At this point, the specific details of the shooting remain unclear while police conduct their investigation.

Because Sovereign Grace has a church in Charlotte, Crossway Community Church, I reached out to their Sr. Pastor, Mickey Connolly, and asked how we can pray for Crossway and the city of Charlotte. Because the shooting incident occurred less than 3 miles from Crossway, Mickey asked that we, as a family of churches, pray in the following ways:

  • Pray for, and grieve with, the Scott family
  • Pray for all those who have been injured in the protests
  • Pray that wise and peace loving people in our community would join together to bring help and healing to the present and genuine strategies for change in the future
  • Pray for justice to be done as the police conduct their investigations
  • Pray for our police officers that they would be protected while doing their jobs. Pray that they would exercise wisdom and discretion especially during the high-pressure situations they so often face.
  • Pray for racial reconciliation in our nation—that men and women with good hearts and good judgment would work together to bring increasing reconciliation so that all could live free from fear and in genuine harmony with all who are made in the image of God.
  • Pray for the Crossway Community Church Pastoral Team who are participating in a prayer meeting today with other local pastors asking God to use their prayer meeting to build them together so they can help serve their communities.

Thanks for taking the time to pray for Crossway, and for the city of Charlotte. In the midst of the unrest and racial tensions currently in our nation, we as Christians can offer hope and peace that is found only in Jesus Christ and his work in the gospel, “For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility” (Eph. 2:14, ESV).


Mark Prater is the Executive Director for Sovereign Grace and serves as an elder at Covenant Fellowship Church. He and his wife, Jill, have three married daughters and a growing number of grandchildren.