Prayers for Evangelical Believers:
Victims of Disaster and Relief Teams
occasioned by the Tsunami of 2004
by Ed Vasicek
Our hearts are in shock. We cannot believe the reports of disaster we hear. Somehow, it seems like some futuristic science fiction movie. But it is reality. Massive death: men, women, and children. Entire families wiped out without warning.
Lord, we work so hard to keep people alive. We try to develop medicines, encourage healthy diets, and promote caution. We value human life because You value human life. And then, in a moment, disaster strikes and many lives are snuffed out in minutes.
Father, we know this world is cursed, and that curse includes natural disasters. You sit as Sovereign Lord over the universe, so these tragedies perplex us. We know Your wrath in general is revealed through natural disasters, but we also know that the victims of this disaster were no worse than the rest of us. Things seem to happen so randomly.
Lord, we know You have a master plan that makes sense of these things. We admit to being at a loss. We know Your ways are higher than our ways, and we know that, in the end, a greater good will come about, a good that could not be were it not for the tragic events of history. Though perplexed and puzzled, we still trust You as the holy, good, and sovereign Lord that You are. We know that, ultimately, we experience these events with You at our side and with the consciousness of a better destiny awaiting us, or we experience these events alone and in a state of hopelessness. We choose to take Your hand.
We pray for the survivors. We pray that You would heal their bodies and keep them healthy. We pray that You would help them cope with the horrendous losses, the trauma, the pain, the misery of it all. May many come to find You through this tragedy.
Lord, we cannot imagine the grief of an individual who has lost a loved one or perhaps and entire family. Our hearts bleed for the children, the poor children! Oh God, we have run out of words to pray!
Please help the relief teams. Give them health, wisdom, emotional and physical energy. May their efforts be multiplied and their efficiency increased. Provide the necessary provisions and the means to get the supplies to match the needs, wherever victims may be. We pray things would not grow worse than they already are.
Our Father, as fellow human beings, we can only try to place ourselves in the shoes of these suffering ones for but a few seconds or our own hearts will break. But in Your compassion, O God, please stay the plague and show Your grace to all.
We pray in Jesusí Name, Amen.
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