28 Days of Prayer - Day 20
9 “To me this is like the days of Noah,
when I swore that the waters of Noah would never again cover the earth.
So now I have sworn not to be angry with you,
never to rebuke you again.
10 Though the mountains be shaken
and the hills be removed,
yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken
nor my covenant of peace be removed,”
says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
Father God, with all my heart I believed you created the heavens and the earth and all the plants, animals, birds and creatures of the sea. “It was very good” and you declared it holy. The beauty and bounty of nature is one of the greatest blessings you have given us.
God, we know that you do not cause natural disasters to punish us or as an act of judgment. Floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, droughts, volcanic eruptions, wildfires, tornadoes, plaques and other colossal and destructive forces of nature happen. They are natural events and when they happen we should not blame you or feel they are acts of punishment. Instead Lord, we should reach out to those who are caught up in these catastrophes, and in love, provide help, comfort and hope. Help us to realize it is our moral and Christian duty to help those suffering as a result of a natural disaster, by providing aid to the poor and sick and to feel with much humanity the pain and suffering of those who are impacted with great loss. Create in us the desire, compassion, wisdom, skills, resources and strength to help them recover; all in the name of Christ.
Lord, Natural disasters often make us reflect on what is truly important in life, and we know you will always bring good from a bad situation. Let us be humble and know that we are not in control in this world. Someday, you will return and all will be made right in mankind and in nature. Until, that glorious day, Lord, to you all glory, power and praise! Amen