In the 3½ years we have been doing First Responder PrayerWalks I have noticed that there are several times each year when we have a bunch of shootings and/or homicides in a group like this last weekend. Sometimes they are connected (gangs or retaliation), sometimes there seems to be no “human” connection like this weekend. What I have noticed is that these concentrated groupings of shootings and homicides do not necessarily indicate an increase in overall violence or crime…Police calls are actually down a bit right now.
When we do have these times I wonder if “violence seems to stimulate more violence” as if a spirit of violence is causing a shark-like feeding frenzy among those who are susceptible. What I do know is that when we have one of these spikes of violence over a few days or a week, the police step up their vigilance and activity and so must we in the church step up to help stem the tide in the spiritual realm as well as the natural. There is clear evidence that we are helping to make a difference.