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Dallas Mayor Joins Faith Leaders in Prayer for Shooting Victims

Dallas prayer vigil

Dallas' mayor and local faith leaders came together to pray for the families and victims of Thursday night's deadly shooting that left five police officers dead. 

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The sniper attack on Dallas police left many in the country devastated and searching for peace. In all, twelve officers were shot at a rally protesting the recent deaths of two black men at the hands of white police officers.

In response, hundreds of Dallas residents prayed to God at the event in Dallas' Thanksgiving Square today.

"We come today realizing that we need a higher power," said Pastor Byran Carter of Concord Church. "We are reminded of the power of faith and the unique things that happen when we call on a higher power."

Carter says Americans should choose working together instead of giving in to hatred.

"We refuse to hate each other," he said. "We commit to pray our way to healing and restoration for our city and for our nation. Not only do we commit to pray together, we also commit to work together."

Pastor T.D. Jakes also attended the prayer meeting, calling on the nation to wake up to the reality of hate in order to bring healing. 

"We must pray for our nation. It starts with people who confront what's wrong and who will make it right. We are all our brother's keepers and our brothers come in all colors," Jakes said. "Weeping may endure during the night but joy comes in the morning and it is time for us to wake up."

"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 I will forgive their sin and will heal their land," Jakes concluded, quoting Scripture. 

His words echo the feeling shared by many that this nation will only be healed by seeking God first. 

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