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Weaning Our Sons Off Our Prayers

As I mentioned in our last issue, there’s something in black men; in our sons, that have made them a target. Again, the black conspiracist in me believes this is about ‘race’ but the colorless child of God in me knows there’s something devilish behind these attacks. And if I focus on the color of their skin or pay too much attention to the noise of the racial disparities, I realize I could be distracted by the REAL ISSUE which is Someone’s coming.


There’s Someone coming in our sons that if we could just keep them alive, it would solve a lot of the problems today. Because if truth be told, the problem isn’t ‘the white man’ or the ‘devil’. The problem is our sons. Wait! Put your pistol up and let me explain. For over two and a half years, I have prayed for the city of Chicago. Every Saturday night at 9:00 pm, I have prayed for Chiraq. Here’s just a few things I prayed;

• That God would protect those that had no idea what awaited them.

• That God would somehow get their attention and cause them to get quiet enough to hear Him divert their outing.

• That God would touch and forgive those that had malice on their minds; that He’d somehow get through to the shooter and cause them to rethink their plans.

• That the person who gave the order for the hit would change their minds.

• That the hit men would have legal opportunities to make money presented to them.

• That God would raise up laborers in Chiraq that could offer jobs to those who had nothing else to do but beat and bleed the blocks.



I prayed so much for Chief Keef that I now consider him my spiritual son. Over the years, God has shown me that we need to wean our sons off our prayers and onto their own and as such, I needed to stop praying from a position of fear, and pray from a posture of faith. Praying out of fear sounds like, ‘Lord, if You don’t protect my baby, I don’t know what’s going to happen’. Or ‘Lord, if it be Your will, please look over my baby night.’ I’ve even heard mothers asking God to let their sons get locked up.


But it’s time we pray empowering prayers over our sons like, ‘Lord, I ask that You’d make my son a good success and that he’d be successful.’ (Joshua 1:8) ‘Lord, I thank You that my son is an example to the believers in word, conduct, love, spirit, faith and purity. That he gives attention to reading, exhortation, and doctrine and that he does not neglect his gift.’ (1 Tim 4:12-14) By doing so, we're activating our faith that they'll begin to read their Bibles and give attention to what God created them to and begin to profitably monetize those gifts so as to stay off the streets and out of those situations.


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