Impacting Cities & Communities thru Prayer
A Community of Prayer Champions, Praying Churches, Prayed-for Communities
Father, we exalt you as Lord over all creation and all of nature. And at the same time, we praise you for your concern for "the least of these" - in this case, the thousands who have been impacted by Hurricane Matthew.
Please reign over rebuilding efforts in Haiti. If any people are still missing, please lead others to them quickly to bring them aid. Grant peace to families who have lost loved ones, and provide materially for those who have lost homes, businesses, and jobs. Give wisdom to national and local leaders in Haiti and give them servants' hearts, to make helping the people their first priority. Block any corruption or anything else that would get in the way of aid getting to the people who really need it. Reign over the election process that had to be postponed due to the storm. Thank you for the US response; please grant wisdom and compassion to those who are there to help, and grant them favor in the eyes of the local people.
Raise up your church on the island and around the world to take the lead in offering mercy and compassion to those in Haiti who so desperately need it. May your love and grace be seen through the actions of your people. Reap a spiritual harvest out of this physical devastation. Intervene in the Bahamas, Cuba, and other places also hit by the storm.
Lord God, please protect the lives of those in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina who are in the path of the storm - either in its wake or yet in front of it. Strengthen the hands of the first responders; protect them and enable them to assist everywhere that it's needed. Bring great focus to state and local leaders to assess, prepare, and respond to the many situations that will arise. Give people who need to evacuate the wisdom to do that.
Father, many will be devastated not only materially but emotionally in the wake of suffering so much loss. We praise you that your people have a Rock as our foundation. Our houses can be destroyed, but our hope in you is on a foundation that will keep it strong. Empower us as your people to spread that same hope to those who today have their spiritual foundations in sand. Use the lives, the testimony, and the compassion of your people to point to the true Hope and so bring many to yourself who otherwise might have gone on living in unchallenged darkness.
In Jesus' name. Amen.