Joel Osteen Leads Lakewood Church In Emotional Prayer for “Brothers and Sisters In Charleston”

(PHOTO: VIDEO STILL) Joel Osteen, pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, prays for those in Charleston, South Carolina, affected by the murder of 9 people at Emanuel AME Church by Dylann Storm Roof, during a June 21, 2015, church service.
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Joel Osteen, pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, prays for those in Charleston, South Carolina, affected by the murder of 9 people at Emanuel AME Church by Dylann Storm Roof, during a June 21, 2015, church service.

Joel Osteen, best-selling author and pastor of one of America’s fastest-growing churches, led tens of thousands of worshipers in an emotional prayer this past Sunday for survivors and family members of the nine people killed in a Charleston, South Carolina, church massacre last week.

His voice halting at times, the Lakewood Church pastor prayed for his “brothers and sisters in Charleston” for about 40 seconds as he stood on the large stage of the massive Houston, Texas, church, his arms held high and his eyes shut tightly.

“Lord, we lift up all those that are going through loss, those that are hurting, our friends, brothers and sisters in Charleston. Through that loss, Lord, we just ask You to comfort those. Lord, let them feel Your presence, Your power, Your goodness, Your mercy,” Osteen began.

“Lord, we thank you that even when it looks like it’s out of control, that You’re still in control. That You know how to give beauty for ashes, joy for mourning. Lord, that what’s meant for harm, that You can still somehow turn it away, use to our advantage. So I do pray, Lord, that you comfort all those that have gone through loss, that are hurting today. We just thank you Father, that you are in control, that You are good, that Your mercy endures forever,” he concluded.

Osteen, whose full prayer lasted for about 3 minutes, offered the 40-second heartfelt prayer for Charleston victims and survivors during the Sunday, June 21 service as many other Americans gathered in houses of worship across the nation in solidarity with those killed days prior at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. However, most eyes were on the service held at the historically black Emanuel AME Church on Sunday, as the congregation’s first gathering since the deadly shooting was broadcast online and on television.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Nicola Menzie

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