The death toll in Mexico as the government battles with violent drug cartel leaders has now passed the 10,000 mark.
In response, Christians have started a national prayer initiative that will stretch into next year.
Around 500 Christian leaders from Mexico's 32 states recently joined in Mexico City to pray for an end to the national crisis.
A similar rally drew thousands in the northern city of Monterrey and included state government officials.
"I ask that you keep praying for us," State Secretary General Javier Treviño. "For God to give us strength, give us peace, and the wisdom necessary to make the best decisions."
Mexico's churches will hold prayer vigils over the next few months. They're also calling for 40 days of prayer and fasting, starting Jan. 1.