After the horrible church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Christians across the country are offering their prayers to those impacted by the tragedy. Naturally, those who do not know Jesus will have a hard time understanding how prayer could be an adequate response to something so horrendous.
During an interview on MSNBC one day after the shooting, Pastor Paul Buford, gave a confident answer to those questioning the power of prayer.
“We know that prayer works. We know the power of God, we’ve seen it firsthand. We know that prayer brings comfort. It brings comfort to those who are praying and those who are being prayed for. I think that’s the best thing this country can do.”
Pastor Buford continued to use the opportunity to preach the gospel on national television. After being asked, “How do we stop things like this from happening besides prayer,” Burford replied quickly.
“We talk about it’s a gun issue or we talk about it’s a mental health issue. As pastors and as Christians, we say it’s not that, it’s a heart issue. It’s the fact that we’re focused on the world, and we’re not focused on God.”
In the middle of heartbreak and pain, it’s incredibly encouraging to see someone like Pastor Burford who is unashamed of the gospel and the power of prayer.
Watch the full interview below:
Caitlin Jordan is the assistant editor for TheCourage. She is passionate about the importance of transparency and loving those that disagree with Christian beliefs. Caitlin lives with her husband, Ryan, in Dallas, Texas.