The hashtag "#PrayForFerguson" has exploded on social media as people share their thoughts following Monday's announcement that police officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted for fatally shooting a African-American teen Michael Brown.
While hundreds of demonstrators stormed the streets of Ferguson, MO in protest of the ruling, thousands of others took to Twitter and Facebook to call for prayer and peace, using the hashtag #PrayForFerguson.
Others used the hashtag to share prayers for nonviolence: "Father, may people put trust in you, not violence, not government but YOU," tweeted @scottmccown
Others used the tag to voice express shock and dismay at the looting and car fires caught by cameras.
Some, like @JC_0333 used the #PrayForFerguson tag to encourage those whose businesses and homes were damaged in last night's riots: "My heart is heavy for all the people who no longer have jobs as they were to the ground last night."
Ferguson erupted in protests with gunfire, flames, and looting on Monday night after St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Robert McCulloch announced that the 12-member grand jury decided not to indict Officer Wilson for the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Brown on Aug. 9.
Wilson, who said he felt "threatened" by Brown, shot and killed the teenager following an altercation inside the officer's car.
The grand jury, which was comprised of nine white and three black St. Louis County residents, reportedly weighed evidence for three months before making their decision.
"The grand jury considered whether Wilson was the initial aggressor, in this case, or whether there was probable cause to believe that Wilson, as an officer, was authorized to use deadly force in this situation, or was acting in self defense," McCulloch explained, noting that jurors heard 70 hours of testimony from 60 witnesses, including three medical examiners, and experts on blood, DNA and firearms, among others.
Following the announcement, President Barack Obama expressed sadness for Brown's parents but called for peace and calm.
Christian leaders also shared their thoughts on the situation.
"Jesus is Greater than Religion" author Jefferson Bethke tweeted "Watching CNN & my heart is breaking. To my black brothers and sisters, I stand with you. #BlackLivesMatter. Praying for shalom. Jesus, come."
"In the mess of Ferguson, make your name known. In the division and disappointment," he wrote, "make your name sweet. In the rage and reaction, make your name a balm. Be glorified through the winsome witness of the church in St. Louis. Be glorified through the saints-of every race and ethnicity-as we try to walk together and talk together in a more excellent way. Be glorified, O Father, as the Spirit reveals Jesus Christ and opens your word to the hurting and to the hurtful."