Scripture Reading:II Samuel 22:1-4, 47, I Kings 8:35-40
Abba Father, we thank You, Lord God, for You are our rock, our fortress, and our Savior; You are our Rock, in whom we find protection. You are our shield, the power that saves us, and our place of safety. Thank You, Abba Father, for the plans You have for us. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give us a future and a hope. Thank You for protecting all nations during times of natural disasters. Thank You for helping Your children recover fully. We sing praises to You and to Your Name! We sing loud praises to You who ride the clouds. Your Name is the Lord, and we rejoice in Your presence! Lord, You are a Father to the fatherless, defender of widows – You are God, whose dwelling is holy. Your faithful love never ends! Your mercies never cease. Great is Your faithfulness; Your mercies begin afresh each morning.
Omnipresent Father, when hurricanes, floods, fires, earthquakes, or any other natural disasters strike, we confess that we will stand steadfast in faith and declare Your Word. Most High, we declare that You are our refuge and our shelter. No evil will conquer us; no plague will come near our homes. Your Word states that You command Your angels to protect us wherever we go. Therefore, we expect them to hold us up with their hands, so we won’t even hurt our feet on a stone. We expect Your Word to protect us when we are threatened by these dangers. Lord, we are led by You to a place of safety; we are rescued because You delight in us. Therefore, welive in the shelter of You, the Most High, and we find rest in Your shadow, Almighty God!
Holy Spirit, I will use wisdom to prepare in the following ways for natural disasters: _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Holy Spirit, increase the preparedness mindsets among all residents so that we are equipped in advance for potential natural disasters. As citizens, cause us to heed the warnings and directions given by emergency response officials and help us not to panic. Shield our lives and properties from strong winds, floods, volcanic eruptions, lightning strikes, earthquakes, fires, and tsunamis. If our shelter becomes unsafe, grant us Your protection and give us Your wisdom to find safe evacuation routes, higher ground, and secure dwellings that will take us away from harm. During times of recovery, help us to effectively rebuild and assist others.
Forgiving Father, forgive us for all acts of sinfulness. Forgive us, for not always following Your principles or demonstrating Your love. Forgive us for devaluing each other through actions that are not Christ-like. Forgive those who take advantage during times of destruction from natural disasters by raising prices on materials, gas, water, and labor. Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed). Holy Spirit, remind us to forgive other people. As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive. (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal names or faces of people that you may need to forgive. As He reveals them, say, “I forgive name of person(s).” Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)
Holy Spirit, help us not to yield to temptation but deliver us from the evil one.
All thanks belong to You, Lord, the Almighty; the one who is and who always was. You have assumed Your great power and have begun to reign. Lord God Almighty, Your works are great and marvelous. Just and true are Your ways, O King of the nations. Who will not fear You, Lord, and glorify Your Name? For You alone are holy. All the nations will come and worship before You; for Your righteous deeds have been revealed. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture References for the Written Text: Psalm 18:2, Jeremiah 29:11,Psalm 68:4-5, Lamentations 3:22-23, Psalm 91:9-12, Psalm 18:19, Psalm 91:1-2, Matthew 6:13,Revelation 11:17, Revelation 15:3-4