Today is Halloween. The day when most families are thinking about a night for their children to have fun collecting candy and playing scary games. But not so this year. Halloween 2012 will be remembered as the one where “Frankenstorm” descended upon the Eastern states of America and wreaked havoc in all forms. Over 8 million homes are without power and this is just the beginning. It is a nightmare come true.
We can’t help but think of the families who are having to live through this destruction. The marriages that were going about normal life on Sunday are now wondering where they’ll get fresh water to drink tomorrow. What would normally be a day to collect candy has become a day to collect debris.
Life has been reduced to getting through the next minute. And suddenly what mattered so much two days ago is no longer on the radar. Life has shifted priorities and it is necessary to shift our focus as well.
When we face scenarios like these they are usually unexpected and often unplanned for.
What would you do if you didn’t have fresh water to drink? If the streets outside your home were flooded with no signs of receding? If your wife had just had a baby in the hospital and had to be relocated? Imagine the strain this type of trial places on a marriage?
This is why today we are asking you to join us in praying for the families and marriages who are having to walk through this most difficult time. Certainly they will remember this for the rest of their lives. Even young children will most likely recall the nightmare. But God will use this time in their history to glorify His name. There will be stories told of His faithfulness in the storm, of His provision in their lack. How do we know? Because this is the God we serve and love. He is faithful and He is our provider, and best of all…He is good!
Father, We come to you today on behalf of the millions of people facing the aftermath of this powerful, destructive storm. Would you send workers to help them in their time of need? We pray for miracles to take place. We ask for your mighty hand to work wonders that are without explanation. Would you draw the lost to You in this time? We don’t know the names of the people who are struggling most, but You do. Thank you for the privilege it is to pray for these families. Strengthen those who are there to help with the clean up. Give wisdom where it is needed and keep safe those who are having to wait for help.
We thank you that you are an ever present help in our times of need.
In Jesus’ precious name we pray,