Prayers for Evangelical Believers:
A Prayer for Survivors of Hurricane Sandy
by Ed Vasicek
We cannot believe the reports we hear from our eastern states. Hurricane Sandy has struck, and scores of people have died. Entire communities are destroyed, people are stranded. So many homes lost, tunnels flooded, a congested New York City without power.
Father, we know this world is cursed, and that curse includes natural disasters. You sit as Sovereign Lord over the universe. Though these tragedies perplex us, and though we know Your wrath in general is revealed through natural disasters, we also know that the victims of this disaster were no worse than the rest of us. Things seem to happen so randomly from our perspective.
Lord, You have a master plan that makes sense of these things. We admit to being at a loss. Your ways are higher than our ways, and in the end, a greater good will come about.
Though perplexed and puzzled, we still trust You as the holy, good, and sovereign Lord that You are. We can choose to go through this with You or without You; those are our choices. We choose to experience these events with You at our side. We choose to take Your hand.
We pray for the victims of this natural catastrophe. We pray that You would keep them healthy and safe. 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.
Please help the relief teams including the national guard. Give them health, wisdom, emotional and physical energy. May their efforts be multiplied and their efficiency increased. Guide the leaders and officials to do what is in the best interest of their people. Prevent looting, and may neighborly concern prevail among the masses. Provide the necessary provisions and the means to get the supplies to match the needs. Help restore this part of our country to a normal state.
We pray in Jesusí Name, Amen.
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