PRAYER FOR ALL AFFECTED BY FLOOD
In Psalm 46, we read these words of encouragement and comfort:
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Creator and preserver of our world. We ask you to hear our humble prayers for all those affected by the devastating floodwaters throughout southeastern Queensland and across the state of NSW.
We pray for all threatened by floodwaters in city, coastal & rural areas. Grant safety to the thousands of residents under evacuation orders. In your mercy, bring relief to affected areas and protect both life and property.
We pray for the sick, the injured and the homeless. Have compassion on those who grieve the loss of loved ones. In the midst of suffering, comfort men, women and children according to their needs.
Give courage and hope in the midst of despair. Through the generosity of governments and individuals, provide a future for those whose present circumstances are marked by loss and desperation. Grant wisdom to those who assist, especially government leaders, our State Emergency Service, our Australian Defence Force, other emergency workers and aid agencies. And by your gracious hand, rebuild communities where men, women and children are nurtured with care and love.
We particularly pray for Christian ministers and their congregations serving affected communities. By your grace, enable and equip them to be faithful servants in the midst of hardship and effective witnesses of your saving message.
At this time, may those without genuine peace find true hope in your Son, Jesus.
In His name we pray. AMEN.