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Rethinking How to Pray in the Face of a Major Hurricane or Natural Disaster

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It is very tempting for us to just want to pray a hurricane away.

It is certainly fine to ask God to spare us from a hurricane or from other kinds of disasters. Many times, He has diverted a storm so that it didn’t cause all of the destruction it could have caused. And we rejoice in His power to calm the storm!

But I would love for us to ask God for much more than that.

Let’s ask Him for His greatest possible glory in the midst of this storm. And let’s ask Him what He wants to do and how He wants us to pray.

If that means for the storm to turn, that would be amazing. But what if God intends to use this storm as a wake up call for many people? What if He wants to use it to heal marriages and families? What if He wants to use it to heal the division in our communities? What if He wants to use it to get people to stop and really evaluate what is important in life? What if He wants to use it to bring many people into the Kingdom of Christ?

What if a great storm is actually merciful?

What if the storm is an answer to our prayers for our country to turn back to the Lord?

There have been revivals that take place in areas that have been hit by hurricanes and disasters in the past. There have been communities that have come together. There have been Christians who have been able to reach people they couldn’t have reached otherwise because they meet the needs of those impacted by a disaster.

God often used storms and disasters in the Bible to accomplish His will. To lead people to the place He wanted them to go. To prepare their hearts to listen to His voice. Or to get their attention. A great storm can also be a reminder that our security is truly in Christ alone, not in anything else.

Lord,

Use the trials we are facing now to do the most eternal good possible. We tend to look only at the physical and the here and now. Help us to see with Your eyes. Help us to hear anything You want to speak to us in the storm.

Florence and Olivia (and many other hurricanes in recent weeks and in coming weeks) are huge and powerful. We want to see people spared from harm. We don’t want to see property damaged or people hurt or killed. We ask for Your mercy over those who are in harm’s way with hurricanes and with so many earthquakes around the world. And then there are many people in harm’s way because of wars and violence. The trials going on right now are too many to even count. So much human suffering is happening around the globe.

But what we desire most is Your greatest possible glory and the greatest possible harvest for Your kingdom!

We invite You to use all of these disasters and trials for Your good purposes in our individual families, our churches, our communities, our states, and our nations.

Show us what You want us to do. Show us how to be cooperative with our husbands if we are in the path of a major trial and how to become a stronger, more united team than ever. Let us walk in Your supernatural peace as we lay our anxieties before You. Help us set a godly example for our children of what it looks like to respond in faith in You, rather than in fear. Use this experience to help our children’s faith grow like crazy and to help them grow in spiritual maturity as we show them the way of faith. Empower us to extend the love of Jesus and hospitality to our family, friends, and strangers.

We invite Your Spirit to work powerfully in our families and in our communities and in the areas that are being hit and devastated by these heavy blows. Mobilize Your people to help those who are hurting.

Let Your Kingdom come in these areas! Let people be sensitive to Your leading and Your Spirit and Your gospel. Thank You that You graciously give us wake up calls so that we don’t continue on and on in our ignorance or in our own way.

Thank You that You are there with us in the storms. Thank You for Your provision. Thank You for Your promises in Your Word that hold firm in every calamity.

Help us to count even these extremely difficult trials as joy (James 1:2-4). Use them to help us grow in our faith. Use them to help us reach out to those in need. Make us a supernatural blessing to everyone around us. Use the storms and disasters to reach the lost and to wake them up to new life in Jesus. Empower us to respond in Your Spirit in our families, our communities, and our churches. Use them to spur us on to do Your will in our circles of influence.

Please give our government leaders wisdom to direct people to safety. Please give church leaders and community leaders wisdom, as well.

We invite Your Spirit to do miracles in many lives and to broadcast them on weather and news channels around the world. We invite You to use these storms and disasters to proclaim Your gospel message around the world in powerful ways!

Be greatly glorified in these storms and trials. Show Yourself mighty! Help us all to see our desperate need for You and our dependence on You. We are not in charge! You alone are sovereign. Let us come together in unity and cooperation as families, communities, and the body of Christ.

Open our eyes to all of the blessings You have for us along the way, the spiritual treasures, the opportunities to share Your love with others, the provision for our needs, and all of the good things even in these difficult times. Empower us to have thankful hearts. Empower us to sing Your praises in the storm!

Pour out Your Life-giving gospel, Your love, and Your truth over all the people who are experiencing suffering and trials. Let millions turn to You in a great harvest while there is still time in this era of grace before the door closes.

Amen!

  • The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him. Nahum 1:7
  • And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. Matt. 8:26
  • For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 2 Cor. 4:17
  • Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4
  • Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:6-7

 

RESOURCES

Is Real Joy Possible for Me?

How to Seriously Find Joy in the Midst of a Painful Trial

10 thoughts to “Rethinking How to Pray in the Face of a Major Hurricane or Natural Disaster”

  1. Amen. Thank you Sis. What a Revelation!

    Indeed he wants our attention and what a way to seek and draw closer to GOD but in the midst of a storm, a trial and tribulations.

    1. GWilly,

      I know it is a totally different way of looking at things. But how freeing! And how amazing to be able to look for God’s hand at work, bringing about good, bringing about amazing opportunities for growth and for blessing, even in the midst of a terrible storm.

      Sometimes, sadly, it takes something big to get our attention. We don’t tend to grow and mature when things are easy.

      Much love!

  2. Thank you for this post. My husband is a lineman and left this morning to go away on storm. I am an emotional wreck and not handling it well. I feel emotionally needy when all he needs is me to be strong and have peace of mind, but the unknown makes me feel so unsafe.

    I will be hanging around peaceful wife blog today… thanks for all you do!

    1. LineWife,

      I’m so thankful you shared so we can all pray with you and for you and your husband. I don’t want you to be an emotional wreck. You are a daughter of the Most High! You are seated with Jesus in the heavenlies. You walk in the authority of Christ. Your life is yielded to Him for His glory. And He is absolutely able and faithful to be with you, to guard your heart and mind, to be with your husband, and your family – in the midst of the storm.

      The posts about joy in trials linked at the bottom of this post may be a blessing.

      Lord,
      We lift up LineWife and her husband to You today. Thank You that You will never leave us and never forsake those who belong to Jesus. Thank You that Your promises are strong and sure and that You are faithful to Your Word. Your Word is the only thing we can truly always cling to and always depend on. Thank You for Your love, goodness, provision, and blessings. Thank You that we can count trials as joy because we can trust You to use them to purify, refine, and strengthen us. Thank You that You can use them to help us grow in our faith and to help us shine for Christ in the midst of the trial to be a blessing to many others. Comfort this precious wife today. Help her not to listen to her fears. Help her not to listen to the enemy’s voice. Let her be still before You and rest in Your love. Help her to rest in Your presence and help her to sing praises to You at the top of her voice. We thank and praise You for all of the good You are about to accomplish for her family and for all those who are impacted by the storm. Thank You also for her husband and for many other people who are going to work so hard to help keep everyone else safe and to help everyone have the power they need. They are our heroes!
      Amen!

      Sending you the biggest hug, my dear sister!

        1. LineWife,

          I’m here and glad to pray with you any time. As long as we both have power! And I will continue to lift you and your family up to the Lord in prayer over this week.

          Much love!

  3. I appreciate that so much! The lord is already at work in my heart & my husband’s. He is so faithful! Thank you for your prayers. I am praying boldly through this than ever before…. casting out demons and dead places in my life, marriage, heart, husband, future etc. in JESUS name. He is already working miracles through my personal storm- even though it wasn’t all pretty…. Praying he do the same through this real storm as you prayed above for every victim, family, and first responder. <3

    1. LineWife,

      Now we’re talkin’! That is a much more fearless attitude based on faith in God. Love it! God is absolutely faithful and He is good. I’m excited to see you embracing all of the spiritual treasures and miracles God wants to do in your heart, mind, and life as this refining fire comes upon us.

      Thank you for praying for all who are going to be affected. I am lifting you up in prayer and praising and thanking God with you for all that He will do that will have eternal significance.

      Much love!
      April

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