A Prayer for the Victims of Natural Disasters
Psalm 19, James 2
Reflections of the Heart:
The Lord is our light and our salvation, so why should we fear? The Lord protects us from danger, so why should we tremble? It is assuring to know that our lives are hidden in the Lord!
Father, there is none like You. You are great and Your Name is great in might. Who would not fear You, O King of the nations, for this is Your rightful due. Among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is none like You. You are the true and living God and the everlasting King. The earth trembles at Your wrath and the nations are not able to endure Your indignation. Lord, we thank You for demonstrating Your loving kindness and tender mercies towards humanity. Thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus Christ, to redeem humankind from the power of the evil one. Thank You for sending relief to the persons who have been affected by the natural disasters. Lord, even though there are tragedies, yet You are still good and Your mercy endures forever.
Father, by using the authority given to us, we speak to the fires in California and Colorado and to the flooding in Iowa and we command them to cease. We command the ground and vegetation to be dampened by rain, in the Midwestern United States. We speak to the natural processes, such as hurricanes, weather systems, and snowmelt, which cause flooding and we command that they align with the perfect will of God. Our nation has been devastated by the fires and flooding, and many families have been affected. Lord, it is Your will for us to pray for those who are suffering. We pray because You want us to weep with those who weep. We pray for the victims of these natural disasters in our nation. Lord, it is Your desire that all of humankind call on Your Name and worship You. You do not want any person to live without You. Like a mother hen, You desire to protect and care for Your creation, therefore, we expect relief for the persons who are in need. Lord, we believe that You will regard and not despise the prayers of the destitute. Lord, we confess that we will continue to pray for these persons and help them with our giving when there is a need to be met, for faith without works is dead.
Today, using the authority that Jesus Christ has given you, go outside and speak specifically to the weather in California, Colorado and Iowa and command the fires and flooding to cease:
Father, please extend Your mercy and grace to the victims of these natural disasters. Comfort these persons and protect them. Please continue to provide food, clothing, shelter and employment for them. Continue to touch the heart of our nation and world to give. Holy Spirit, touch the hearts of local, state, and federal government officials to properly rebuild the levees, dams and drainage systems within the communities of our nation. Protect the firefighters, public service workers and volunteers who are serving and let Your everlasting love be felt overwhelmingly by the people. Lord, help the body of Christ to demonstrate Jesus’ love through acts of giving and compassion. Lord, we ask You to send Your laborers to share Your Gospel and to gather Your harvest.
Father, forgive us for being insensitive to the needs of those persons who have been affected by these natural disasters. Forgive those persons who do not acknowledge You as the only true and living God. Forgive them for all acts of sinfulness. Lord, help them to forgive. Lord, please have mercy!
Lord, lead them not to temptation; but deliver them from the evil one.
Lord, You are the King of glory. You are the Lord, strong and mighty. You are the Lord, invincible in battle. The earth is Yours and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to You. You are worthy, Lord our God, to receive glory, and honor and power. You created all things, and they exist because You created what You pleased. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture References for the Written Text: Jeremiah 10:6-7, 10, Lamentations 3:22-23,Psalm 136:1, Romans 12:15, II Peter 3:9, Luke 13:34, Psalm 102:17, James 2:14-17, I Timothy 2:1, Matthew 9:38, Matthew 6:13, Psalm 24:8,1, Revelation 4:11