Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Prayer in the Storm


I am posting this several days earlier than usual, as we could lose power and Internet at any moment because of Hurricane Ian, and it is unclear when it could be restored, once lost. Below is a repost from 2017, written as Hurricane Irma approached.  Praise God for His faithfulness in prior storms, and I pray for His protection now over our loved ones and all those in Ian's path. Praise God that Jesus is our rock, our refuge, our strength!

Dear Lord,
You are the Shepherd of the seas (1 Peter 5:4), Master of the winds (Luke 8:24), our Rock, Tower, and Refuge (2 Samuel 22:3; Psalm 18:2). Nothing is too hard for You. You spoke the universe into existence (Genesis 1); You parted the Red Sea (Isaiah 63:11); You made the sun stand still to protect Your people (Joshua 10:12). 

We beg You, Abba Father, to restrain this storm from harming Your children and those who one day will become Your children. May the power of this storm draw all to recognize You as Lord and Savior and lead them to trust in Your death, burial and resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:1-4) as the only Way to Heaven (John 14:6).

Your arm is not too short to help us, and You have promised never to leave nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). You made us; You carry us; and You will deliver us (Isaiah 46:4).

When Abraham pleaded with You to spare his city, You told him that you would spare it if there were even a single righteous person within (Genesis 18). We know that all have sinned and fallen short of Your glory (Romans 3:23), and that there is none righteous based on their own merit (Isaiah 41:26; Romans 3:10). 

Yet Your children are clothed in the perfect righteousness of Your Son (Isaiah 61:10). We claim His precious blood to wash away our sins, make us righteous in Your sight, and thereby allow us into Your ark of perfect peace and safety (Romans 3:25; Genesis 5-10).

Isaiah 41:10  Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Before You left this earth You spoke of roaring and perplexity in the seas (Luke 21:25) as a sign of Your imminent return, along with so many other signs of the times that are now coming to pass (Matthew 24). 

May You give us the courage, hope and boldness to look up, for our redemption draws nearer with each passing day (Luke 21:28). May we keep our eyes fixed on You, the Author and Finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2), Who can empower us even to walk on water if we follow You in childlike faith (Matthew 14:29).

Father, we pray for safety for our lives, those of our families, loved ones, church families, workplaces, schools, and communities. We pray Your hand of protection over our homes, sanctuaries, businesses, properties. 

Yet we trust You to work all things together for our ultimate good and Your glory (Romans 8:28), according to Your perfect wisdom and Your will. We may not understand Your actions, but we yield to Your perfect will (Luke 22:42), for You are our Cup and Portion (Psalm 16:5), and You are All we need.

Lord, give us wisdom, guidance, and the peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7). May we be Your light in this storm and in all the storms of life, and help others, show them Your love, and encourage them to trust You. Please show us Your mercy, love and grace in this storm and always.

In Jesus’ precious Name,

© 2017 Laurie Collett

 Reposted from the archives 



Brenda said...

Laurie I thought immediately of you as I watched the news last night showing what was happening in your area. Father I agree with all that Laurie has prayed for, and that you keep her and her family safe in you. These storms are terrible, but I know that all is prophesied and turmoil comes upon the earth before Your return. I pray that more and more people will turn to You for forgiveness of sin and a future of eternal life, in Jesus' precious name Amen and thank You Father.

Laurie Collett said...

Hi Brenda,
Thank you so much for your prayers -- we truly appreciate them. Praise the Lord, we and our son and daughter-in-law who are staying with us are all fine and our homes are fine. We have property on a barrier island off the southwest coast, and don't know how it fared, as that was where the storm hit the hardest, and the whole county will be off the grid for some time. We are praying that it is still habitable without major damage.
Praying with you that this storm will open people's hearts to the saving power of Jesus Christ.
God bless you,

Brenda said...

So glad that you are safe Laurie. God bless.

Laurie Collett said...

Thank you, Brenda. Preliminary reports from our island property are also encouraging, as they appear to have suffered no structural damage and no storm surge. Praise the Lord! God bless you too!

Frank E. Blasi said...

Dear Laurie,
To pray for God's protection before an impending disaster is very wise. Fortunately, here in the UK, we don't have extreme weather of the same intensity as parts of the USA, especially in the area surrounding the Caribbean Sea.
However, such incidents can remind us to count our blessings, and compared to those existing in third world countries where hunger and disease both dominate, it goes to show how dependent we can be on what we're liable to take for granted.
For example, ten days ago our landline phone and internet went down due to roadworks accidentally severing the cable outside our house. Although that had occurred just before our weekend away, we were still without any form of communication after we had returned except a cellphone, and with it, I was able to have both the landline and the internet restored.
Yet, I recall the years I lived alone between 1976 and 1981 without either, and I got by quite well then. And I never had the internet until 2005. Now both are essential for modern living.
I hope your home with all its contents is safe, and that you didn't lose anything during the storm, and you're still able to communicate.
Wishing you both God's protection during these difficult days, the best of health and well-being and God's blessings.