Last night a devastating 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck Iran’s western province of Kermanshah leaving at least 402 victims dead and a staggering 6,650 injured, according to CNN. The latest reports expect the death toll to rise steadily as search and rescue responders work through the wreckage (as pictured above). A truly heartbreaking emergency situation for Iraqis, Iranians, and Kurdish people. Hopelessness is undoubtedly rife amid this calamity.
At this time, some Church leaders are calling for prayer for those affected by this catastrophe.
Bishop Daniel Clay, Chancellor of the Worldwide Communion of Catholic and Apostolic Churches, tweeted:
— Bishop Daniel Clay (@BishopDanClay) November 13, 2017
As the body of Christ, let us petition our Heavenly Father on behalf of the quake victims:
Our Heavenly Father,
At times where we do not understand catastrophes such as this, we plead for your mercy and comfort amid rising death tolls, crumbling structures, and massive injuries. We ask you to halt the tremors and aftershocks.
Thwart any crippling fear that might grip mothers, fathers, little children, sisters and brothers.
Extend your peace that surpasses our understanding to those grieving for their loved ones lost to this earthquake. Wrap your comfort around them now.
Grant wisdom to medical personnel, emergency responders, and volunteers as they work tirelessly to save lives. Please quickly heal the thousands injured.
Reunite all those separated or missing from their family members.
Strengthen local clergy and lay leaders to minister to the physical and spiritual needs of their neighbors. Let their compassion and actions be a witness to your truth and love.
Above all, shine your light into the darkness of hopelessness, heartbreak, and mourning. Let your name be glorified amid this catastrophe.
In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Readers, we welcome you leave your own prayers for the quake victims in the comment section below.
*This post will be updated as more Church leaders respond to the earthquake’s devastation.