1 John 5:14 says, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”
A heavy heart does not prevent us from approaching God with our petitions. Nor does a heavy heart limit the power of prayer. I admit it’s discouraging to confront yet another catastrophic storm for the second week in a row. Even so, we praise the Creator of Heaven and Earth for listening and answering his children’s appeals for safety and peace. That is why I lift up another personal prayer to the Lord. This time, we pray for all those affected by Hurricane Irma.
It’s tempting to cry out “Not now! Not another storm!” But as many frustrations wander our minds while watching Hurricane Irma grow in strength and etch closer to our coasts, still we humble ourselves before your will. We ask for your shelter in yet another storm.
We appeal to you to divert this storm back out to sea. But already it has caused absolute tragedy and devastation for our Caribbean neighbors. Grant peace to the families of the ten precious lives reported lost thus far. Heal their loved ones’ broken hearts. Rescue those men, women, and children still stranded by the rain waters.
Lives are still at risk as the storm approaches Florida’s coastline. Please give courage and wisdom to those working to board up house windows, pack precious belongings, and decision-making on behalf of their families. Thank you for the local clergy and lay leaders who will minister to affected communities. Grant energy and wisdom as your servants meet their neighbors’ physical and spiritual needs.
Help us think of others before ourselves. Shield us from apathy when our ears hear news of more flooding, demolished homes, devastated families, exhausted rescue crews, and lost lives. As the waters recede, stir our hearts and mobilize our efforts to tackle destruction and devastation at home and abroad.
Show us once again how to lovingly and justly respond to the victims of a catastrophe.
Dear readers, please consider leaving your own prayers and thoughts for victims of Hurricane Irma in the comment section below.