Prayer for the Philippines Day 4

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10 Days of Prayer for the Philippines
Day 4

You are the Lord, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships you. (Nehemiah 9:6)

Dear Lord, we praise You for Your amazing creation and how You use it to bless us with food and many good things. Today we pray for the Filipinos who are without food. Poverty was already so prevalent in the Philippines, and now after the typhoon there are even more people in need of basic provisions. We pray that those who have would share, and those who do not would find their way to aid. Please be with fathers and mothers who are desperate to nourish their children, and give them wisdom in where to go to find help. Please help believers there to show the love of Christ by sharing what they can and reaching out wherever there is opportunity. We thank You that not one person in need has escaped Your sight. 

Prayer for the Philippines Day 3

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The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will. (Proverbs 21:1)

Dear Lord, we thank You that You are sovereign over everything in life. Even rulers and authorities can do nothing apart from Your control. We pray that You would move in the hearts of those in the Filipino government at all levels, that each one would have wisdom in the aftermath of the typhoon. Please give them genuine care for those under them and help them to make compassionate choices in the best interest of their people. Cause them to use their resources wisely and implement practical plans for restoration and rebuilding of communities in the Philippines. Please work in their hearts, as well, and show them their need for a Savior so that they might love and serve their country to Your glory. 

Prayer for the Philippines Day 2

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10 Days of Prayer for the Philippines

Day 2

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. (Matthew 10:29-31)

Dear Father, we thank You that You know each person caught in Typhoon Haiyan’s turmoil. While the Red Cross and many other organizations work for weeks and will never get an accurate head count, You see each individual right where they are at this moment and You have specific plans for them. I pray that You would encourage the workers who are handing out supplies or digging through rubble for survivors and bodies. If they know You, remind them of Your love and care. If they do not, please work through this experience to bring them to Yourself. Give them much grace and comfort as they witness the devastation first hand, and please use them to bring relief and love to the Filipinos who are suffering.  

10 Days of Prayer for the Philippines

It’s so easy to see footage of the devastation in the Philippines, feel sad for the people affected, and then carry on without another thought or action. I do this on a regular basis with so many things in life. Granted, none of us can reach out to every tragic situation in our broken world, but we can and should to some.

I’m launching a very simple project: 10 Days of Prayer for the Philippines. For the next ten days, I’ll post a short passage of Scripture and a simple prayer for a group of people whose lives have been turned upside down. Please join me if you’d like to!

10 Days of Prayer for the Philippines

Day 1

Praise the LORD from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths, fire and hail, snow and mist, stormy wind fulfilling his word! Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars! Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth! Young men and maidens together, old men and children! Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his majesty is above earth and heaven.  (Psalm 148:7-13)

Lord, we know that You are sovereign over everything in life, including the weather and natural disasters. Thank You that nothing is outside of Your perfect plan, even though we don’t always understand that plan. We pray for the thousands of Filipino people who have been devastated by the recent typhoon and ask that You would be watching over and caring for each one. Today we specifically pray for children who have been separated from or lost their parents. Comfort their little hearts and guide them to safe places where they can find food and shelter. Please help them to cross paths with familiar faces and find some sense of security in the midst of the chaos. Most of all, we pray that You would give these little ones the perfect peace that can only found in knowing You, Jesus, as their personal Savior. 

{Reading Report} Choosing to SEE

Choosing to SEEA month or two ago, I finished Choosing to SEE by Mary Beth Chapman. Many of you are familiar with the story of the (Steven Curtis) Chapman family’s young daughter, Maria, who was killed in a fluke accident. (Her brother accidentally hit her when pulling into their driveway.) In this raw account, Mary Beth (Maria’s mom) conveys her long, hard journey of unthinkable grief and inexpiable hope.

Time and again, God’s faithful presence was made known through small things only He could have orchestrated, from a coloring Maria left behind, to a stranger encountered at Disneyland.

I’ll be honest, I hoped for a little more straightforward gospel message in this book. There’s undeniably plenty of emphasis on God and His sovereignty, love, and care. I would have appreciated a more specific look at the cross and the Person of Jesus Christ in the midst of this trial.

That said, Choosing to SEE gave me an excruciating window into grieving the loss of a child. Christian or not, there are no words for a tragedy like this. I could feel the pain and begin to visualize the anguish through Mary Beth’s candid descriptions. It made the challenges I face pale in comparison, and, I trust, better prepared me to be as empathetic as possible with people I encounter who have experienced similar loss. For that reason alone, I’m glad to have read it.  It’s a well-written, honest look at the gaping hole left in the wake of a child’s death.

Here’s a taste of the book, via part of a letter that Mary Beth wrote to Steven and included in Choosing to SEE:

I know this is a difficult process for you, but please trust me when I say that the world will SEE and hear and many will put their trust in the Lord. Not because of you or your abilities, but because you have been a willing, broken vessel into which you’ve allowed God to pour Himself. You have set an example for your family on how to allow God to leak out of the broken pieces of our lives.

Again, I don’t like it one bit. I would be just fine with a perfectly unbroken vase, especially one that wasn’t broken over the loss of a child. But I’m trusting that God saw fit to entrust us to steward this catastrophic loss well. May He be honored with all us Chapmans as we do our best to let the world SEE that He alone is the Author of our salvation, the Mender of our hearts, the Healer of souls.