Thursday, October 06, 2016

Praying Through Hurricane Matthew

Heavenly Father, please be merciful! Pictures from space show Hurricane Matthew as it sweeps through the Atlantic Ocean making its way toward land. Its size consumes relatively small islands in its path. Video footage is coming in from Cuba, the Bahamas, and Haiti. From space this elegant, silent mass of white is all but graceful and restrained as its brute strength, merciless winds, and ruthless downpours destroy everything in sight. From a distance, all looks quiet and beautiful.

Lord, please be with those who are in danger and those who are recovering from it. They need your mercy and grace! This storm, which only You can control, bears down with great might and takes whatever it wants from those unfortunate enough to be in its way. Please, Lord, quiet this storm.

22 One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, "Let us go across to the other side of the lake." So they set out, 23 and as they sailed he fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water and were in danger. 24 And they went and woke him, saying, "Master, Master, we are perishing!" And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm.25 He said to them, "Where is your faith?" And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, "Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?" (Luke 8:22-25. ESV.)

A particular pang of heartache strikes within me as my family, friends, and acquaintances prepare and wait. Some of them could easily lose everything at the hands of Matthew. With its unforgiving power and long arms which stretch great distances, it throws out tornadoes as it creeps slowly and pounds the land and sea for hours. Pictures display the devastation which has already occurred to strangers I have never met. Men, women, and children who only managed to escape with their lives. Others, do not even have that, anymore. The survivors must now rebuild and bury their dead.

I look to You, Heavenly Father, in and through all of this…my eyes unwavering and my focus undeterred. I pray the same for those who need You now, desperately! Please fill them with a peace beyond all understanding that comes from knowing You.
The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:5-7. ESV.)
I beg You for Your mercy and grace, Heavenly Father…please!

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