A Prayer & Resources To Help The Victims Of Hurricane Ian
Pictures from the aftermath of Hurricane Ian are beginning to surface. It’s hard to even put into words the pain this storm has caused; it’s even harder to know how exactly to help all those who have been affected. However, we know as Christ-followers that prayer is our first line of defense, rather than our last resort.
Join us in praying for all those who have been impacted by Hurricane Ian, and if you are able to donate, we have listed some organizations below that will be helping people recover in the days, weeks, and months to come.
Dear Heavenly Father,
We come to You, the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. Thank You for Your promise to always help and uphold Your people (Isaiah 41:10). We do not know why You allowed this to happen, but we cling to the truth that You are sovereign and that You will rescue.
We lift up and cry out on the behalf of the people of Cuba, Florida, South Carolina, and every area that was impacted by Hurricane Ian.
For those who are just now surveying the damage done to their homes and properties, please be their strength and safe place as their world is flipped upside down. Provide tangibly for all of their needs, big and small.
“The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” – Psalm 9:9-10
For those who lost loved ones, we ask You to be near to them, mourn with them, and comfort them in the way only You can. There are no words to describe the pain they’re feeling, but Father, You know and see every tear. Cover them with Your peace that surpasses understanding and surround them with helpers.
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” – Psalm 34:18
For the helpers already there and those who are on their way, we ask for Your divine protection over them in all they do. We thank You for each and every person who will be helping to serve and restore in different ways. May You provide for all their needs and guide them in their efforts.
“God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them.” – Hebrews 6:10
For the local churches, please help them as they face and work through their own losses, as well as the ones their staff and congregations are facing. In midst of it all, we ask that You equip them to serve and be a beacon of light and hope to their communities. May their faith and trust in You be strengthened during this time.
“For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their prayer,” – 1 Peter 3:12
Father, we also lift up the people of Puerto Rico as they were just hit with Hurricane Fiona a few weeks ago. We pray for Your provision of power and clean water to those who are still lacking. Remind the people of Puerto Rico that they are not forgotten, and may they continue to see Your love in new and tangible ways today.
“I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.” – Psalm 40:1-3
Almighty God, thank You for the ways You that You are already showing up for Your people. We thank You that we can turn to You in times of devastation, heartache, and mourning and confidently expect You to provide for us. We humbly ask that Your power, presence, and provision will increase. May You be glorified, Father. In Jesus Christ’s Holy name we pray, amen.
Ways To Donate/ Resources To Help
If you are able to donate, we have included links to the Samaritan’s Purse website. They are coordinating a response with local emergency services and churches, but they are in need of donations and volunteers. You can find more information on their efforts, and how to donate or volunteer here.
Samaritan’s Purse has also actively been providing relief for people in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Fiona. They are still accepting donations as they continue to send water filtration devices, shelter materials, and volunteers to the island. Read more and donate here.
Image courtesy of Samaritan’s Purse