Scripture & Prayer: Heavenly Father, Our Hearts Go Out To All Affected By Hurricane Harvey (Jolie)

Scripture & Prayer: Heavenly Father, Our Hearts Go Out To All Affected By Hurricane Harvey (Jolie)

“…God will judge the secrets of men through Jesus Christ” (Rom. 12:16).

“For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God…”(1 Pet. 4:17).

“For He commands and raises the stormy wind, which lifts up the sea waves… He made the storm calm, and the sea waves were still” (Ps. 107:25, 29). 

” ‘There will be signs in the sun and the moon and the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring'” (Luke 21:25). 

 

Heavenly Father, our hearts go out to all affected by Hurricane Harvey. It’s very interesting, and NOT a coincidence that the spectacular solar eclipse that occurred on August 21 was just a few short days before Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas.We know from Your word and from history that You often allow signs in the sky (the placement of stars, red / blood moons, etc.) to signal significant events. For example, the ancient stargazers and wisemen knew about the birth of the Messiah because of the alignment of the stars. You often use these things to get our attention. Lord God, it’s not by mere chance that the US was the only nation where the solar eclipse had a band that stretched across the entire country. No other nation in the world had such a clear sight of the eclipse. This solar eclipse was a message for the US.

Your word is clear that judgment begins with believers, the house of God, those who claim to love You. And we know that You have complete power over storms, the seas, and all of Your creation. So why did such a bad storm hit Texas? Why did You allow Texas (mainly Houston) to endure the worst storm of its history? Why is that area now faced with catastrophic flooding? And why did it happen right after a full solar eclipse? 

Could it be that the eclipse was Your warning for our nation of impending judgment? Could it be that You are allowing the flooding to get Houston’s (and the surrounding region’s) attention? Are You, in love, trying to wake people up before it’s too late? We know, Lord, that judgment on this earth is Your mercy. You use judgment to give people another chance to repent before entering eternity! Your judgments on Your people are always out of love. The goal of judgment is redemption (to restore Your people back to You).

God have mercy on all of us! Please be with the people of Houston and all of Texas. Please help them (and each of us) to hear Your warnings loud and clear. When You allow judgment, may we respond with humility and repentance. For truly, we have done much wickedness!! We repent on behalf of this nation, Lord. We repent of our sins. We ask for Your mercy as we seek to get right with You again! Please be with the people in Texas and help them to approach You with an attitude of surrender and repentance. Thank You, Lord, that as they repent You will grant them mercy. If they handle this trial in humility before You, You will help them to recover from this. Please show us how to pray for them, and what we can to do help as Your Spirit leads! In Jesus’s holy name, amen.

 

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