Prayer for Disaster Areas

The long-awaited wedding day is finally here. I am so excited! Derek and Rachel purchased a home and will start to build a new life together.

Yet, my heart breaks for those who lost everything in Hurricane Florence and the wildfires. They also are building a new life. They did not plan for this or look forward to it. They are looking at the dead bones of their former life.

This prayer is from Jeremiah 36, 37; Zechariah 10; Psalms 68; Hosea 13; and Genesis 8. This is not the first time people endured floods. Only the “Wind of God” can pass over the floods and make the waters recede.

Dear Father God,

  1. Bring life to the dry bones, Jeremiah 36:5.
  2. Come from the four winds and breathe, Jeremiah 36:9.
  3. Restore their hope, Jeremiah 36:11.
  4. Place them in their own land, Jeremiah 36:14.
  5. Join them into one in your hand, Jeremiah 36:17.
  6. Gather them on every side, Jeremiah 36:21.
  7. Make them one nation, not two kingdoms, Jeremiah 37:22.
  8. Save them and cleanse them, Jeremiah 37:23.
  9. Make their sons and grandsons dwell in their land, Jeremiah 37:25.
  10. Make an everlasting covenant of peace with them, Jeremiah 37:26.
  11. Multiply them in the midst of Your sanctuary, Jeremiah 37:26.
  12. Send rain from the Lord to put out the wildfires, Zechariah 10:1.
  13. Drive the smoke away, Psalms 68:2.
  14. Blow the smoke away, Hosea 13:3.
  15. Pass over the floods and make the water recede, Genesis 8:1.

Jeremiah 39:8, “It is coming and it shall be done, says the Lord God. This is the day of which I have spoken.” Modern English Version

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Prayer for the Victims of the Hurricanes and Wildfires, from Jeremiah 34

As I cook for Derek’s wedding rehearsal, I pray for the victims of Hurricane Florence. I pray for those who live in the paths of the wildfires. I wrote this prayer last year after Hurricane Harvey.

Dear Father God,

  1. Search for your sheep, 34:11.
  2. Deliver them out of all the scattered places, 34:12.
  3. Bring them to their own land, 34:13.
  4. Feed them in all the inhabited places, 34:13.
  5. Make them lie on good grazing ground, 34:14.
  6. Seek the lost and bring back those driven away, 34:16.
  7. Bind up the broken and strengthen the sick, 34:16.
  8. Save your flock, 34:22.
  9. Bring them peace, 34:25.
  10. Cause the wild beasts to leave the land, 34:25.
  11. Let them sleep in the woods, 34:25.
  12. Make them a blessing, 34:26.
  13. Make the tree yield its fruit, and the ground its increase, 34:27.
  14. Make them safe in their land, 34:27.
  15. Deliver them, 34:27.
  16. Do not let them be afraid, 34:28.
  17. Plant them in a place of renown (prominence), 34:29.
  18. Do not let them be hungry, nor bearing shame, 34:29.
  19. Make them know the You are with them, 34:30.
  20. Remind them that they are men and You are their God, 34:31.

Jeremiah 36:9-11, “(9) For I am for you, and I will turn to you, and you shall be tilled and sown.

(10) And I will multiply men upon you, all the house of Israel, all of it. And the cities shall be inhabited, and the waste places shall be built.

(11) And I will multiply man and beast upon you. And they shall increase and bring forth fruit. And I will settle you as you were before and do better to you than at the beginning. Thus you shall know that I am the Lord.” Modern English Version

 

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Started Fresh Again

I entered the most important years of my life. In 2011, I received the title “Grandmother!” My children watch everything I say and do – so does my granddaughter, Olivia! We think our influence ends when our children are grown. It never ends.

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They recorded every deed a king did, good or evil, in “The Chronicles of the Kings of Israel,” (2 Chronicles 33:18 The Message). The Modern English Version calls it “The Annals of the Kings.” They read this book to each new king, who learned the stories of their ancestors.

Manasseh and Amon were evil kings. How did Josiah turn out so well? He looked back 16 generations and followed the steps of King David.

These are the 16 generations between King David and Josiah:

  1. King David – 2 Samuel 5:1-4.
  2. Solomon – 1 Kings 1:39.
  3. Rehoboam – 1 Kings 14:21.
  4. Abijah – 1 Kings 15:1.
  5. Asa – 1 Kings 15:9.
  6. Jehoshaphat – 1 Kings 23:41.
  7. Jehoram – 2 Kings 8:16.
  8. Ahaziah – 1 Kings 8:25.
  9. Joash (or Jehoash) – 2 Kings 11:12.
  10. Amaziah – 2 Kings 14:1.
  11. Azariah (or Uzziah) – 2 Kings 15:1; 2 Chronicles 26:3.
  12. Jotham – 2 Kings 15:32.
  13. Ahaz – 2 Kings 16:1.
  14. Hezekiah – 2 Kings 18:1.
  15. Manasseh – 2 Kings 21:1.
  16. Amon – 2 Kings 21:19.

2 Chronicles 34:2, “He behaved well before God. He kept straight on the path blazed by his ancestor David, not one step to the left or right.” The Message

God Gives Second Chances!

Manasseh was a grandfather when he repented and turned his life around. Chronicles 33 adds to his story.

2 Chronicles 33:10-13, “When God spoke to Manasseh, …they ignored Him. (11) Then God directed…the king of Assyria to come after Manasseh. They put a hook in his nose, shackles on his feet, and took him off to Babylon. (12) Now that he was in trouble, he went to his knees in prayer asking for help – total repentance before the God of his ancestors. (13) As he prayed, God was touched, God listened and brought him back to Jerusalem as king. That convinced Manasseh that God was in control.” The Message

His conversion was real. His deeds proved it, (2 Chronicles 33:15-16).

  • Did a good spring cleaning of the Temple.
  • Carted out the pagan idols and goddess statues.
  • Dumped the altars he had set up outside the city.
  • Put the altar of God back in working order.
  • Restored worship and sacrifices.
  • Ordered the people to serve and worship the God of Israel.

Josiah went further in his “spring cleaning.” He went throughout the Israelite territory, (2 Chronicles 34:3-31).

  • Sought the God of David his ancestor.
  • Got rid of the sex-and-religion shrines, Asherah groves, god and goddess figurines.
  • Wrecked the Baal shrines and tore down their altars.
  • Scrubbed Judah and Jerusalem clean – inside and out.
  • Cleaned up the surrounding neighborhoods.
  • Repaired God’s Temple.
  • Read publicly everything written in the Book of the Covenant.
  • Committed himself to the Covenant.

My children picked up good things from my parents: love of God, attending Bible School, playing guitar for worship, a leader in the church. They also inherited both my grandfather’s love of farming. I pray they stay on the “straight and narrow path.”

2 Chronicles 34:33, “Josiah did a thorough job of cleaning up the pollution that had spread throughout Israelite territory and got everyone started fresh again, serving and worshipping their God. All through Josiah’s life the people kept to the straight and narrow, obediently following God, the God of their ancestors.” The Message

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