Please pray for Hurricane Irma. The apostle James reminds us that “Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.”
Nearly a year ago, when it looked like Hurricane Matthew was closing in on a direct hit on Charleston, we prayed for the storm to be driven out to sea. Miraculously, it stayed just enough offshore to spare us catastrophic damage and a strong wind kept the storm surge from being truly devastating. In these coming hours of waiting and wondering, let us look UP from whence cometh our help and once again seek the Lord’s face and favor.
Gracious Lord, you are our refuge and strength in the day of trouble. The wind and waves still know your voice. And so as you did many years ago, we ask you to intervene on behalf of your people and speak peace to the storm. By your Spirit, lift up those who have fallen, protect those who are vulnerable, sustain those who work to rescue or rebuild, and fill us with the hope of your new creation; through Jesus Christ, our rock and redeemer.