Pray for Our City: New Orleans Crime Out of Control

by Eric Dunbar

Crime in New OrleansThe Bible says that the effective fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much (James 5:16). As a Bible believing, Spirit filled citizen of New Orleans, I believe the prayers of God’s people can make a world of difference in our city. That is why is asking our readers to commit to praying for the  City of New Orleans for the entire month of December.

On Wednesday, November 30, the fatal shooting of a Mid-City man marked the 164th homicide in New Orleans this year. If the citizens of New Orleans don’t do something to avert crime in our city that has now reached unbelievable numbers, we can only expect crime in our city to worsen.

The question is: What can we do to change the crime situation in our city? We can start by not giving up, by not turning a deaf ear to the cries of the innocent, whose blood cries out from the city’s streets in eternal silence.

It is a known fact that every citizen cannot protest the crime by carrying signs and marching through the city’s streets, but we can do something—we can all pray.

Prayer is our greatest defense against anything that troubles the people of God. In desperate times we have to draw confidence from the stories written in the Bible concerning prayer. When the Assyrians rose up against the men of God, Hezekiah prayed,

and one night the angel of the Lord visited the camp of the Assyrians and killed 185,000 men (2 Kings 19).

The way I see it, we have three alternatives (1) be spectators and watch our city be consumed by crime, (2) make vain comments, or (3) pray with the fervent expectation that God will intervene and change the situation.

The murder pace this year remain below 2015’s through much of the summer and part of early fall. But in the months of October and November and November the city got hammered. In those two months, a total of 37 people have been murdered in the city — more than three times the 11 total murders recorded in the same two months last year.

I urge you to not just sit by and be spectators. Our city is overrun with crime because we have sat back and watched it happen.

I challenge you to take a stand against crime, join in fervent prayer against crime in New Orleans. I believe together we can, and will regain control of our beloved city

“If my people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).


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