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Praying for Japan’s Earthquake Victims

japanindex.jpgMany of us are still in shock at the 8.9-magnitude earthquake that just struck off the coast of Japan. Images and videos continue to reveal the darkness of the tragedy. The unfortunate reality for many of us is that we want to help, but find ourselves asking, “What can I do?”

Yes, we can and hopefully will, give financially to help with relief efforts. However, at the moment, unless you are in Japan or have loved ones there, here’s where to begin: pray.

Prayer may not seem that important at the moment, but the same God who created the earth holds the power to change what happens next. We may not understand the tragedies that strike our world, but we can cry out to the One who can do something when we cannot.


If all you can do is pray, perhaps that is exactly what God wants you to do at the moment. Let’s all take some time to lift our hearts on behalf of those in Japan and look for his hope in the midst of the storm.

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BURROUGHS is an author, activist, and co-founder of Activist Faith.
Dillon served in Haiti following the epic 2010 earthquake and has
investigated modern slavery in the US and internationally. His books
include Undefending Christianity, Not in My Town (with Charles J.
Powell), and Thirst No More (October). Discover more at

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posted March 11, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Blessed Goddess and God,
receive the spirits of those who lost their lives in the quake and tsunami. Help them to move understand and move past their lost lives. Comfort them and help them to pass on to their next lives in peace.
Comfort those family and friends in their loss and bless them as needed.
Guide those souls on their continuing journey, comfort them and heal them.
So Mote it Be.

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posted March 12, 2011 at 4:37 pm

God bless all of you and comfort you!

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Filthy atheist

posted March 13, 2011 at 9:43 am

Prayer is not a substitute for getting up and doing something about it – do not kid yourself.

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Kelly Thompson

posted March 13, 2011 at 12:03 pm

So, God killed all these people and caused all this tragedy just to get people to pray to him? This is a sick, disgusting, vile way of thinking. You people really ought to reevaluate your horrible way of thinking. Only a sadistic religious idiot would try to spin a tragedy like this into a good thing. “Look for his hope in the midst of the storm.” No don’t look for hope, you Sickos!! Stop making everything all about YOU!!! Donate money or blood instead.

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posted March 13, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Don’t be lazy and just pray get up and do something. Yes prayer is important but don’t be lazy and let that be the only thing you do. Japan needs a lot of help prayer won’t feed people, put clothes on peoples backs, provide clean water, or various everyday supplies. Prayer does not do that actions do pratice your faith and get out there and help these poor people.

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posted March 14, 2011 at 1:49 pm

i’m sad for everyone who are suffering and i am grateful for what i have. praying does not replace giving but it is my immediate thought right now. i wish them all comfort for a night’s rest, a bright new day to give them all hope, and plenty of friends who can share their grieve and i pray to God and Jesus who sacrificed himself so that others may not suffer.

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posted March 14, 2011 at 5:58 pm

Prayer is important – “More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of” There are times when we want to DO something – and perhaps in some situations prayer is all we can do.
I have a posting on my daughter’s dressing table – a Russian quote – “Pray to God, but continue to row toward the shore”.
If we truly ask, God will direct us and guide us toward something we can do – Maybe it is our prayer that is most needed.

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posted March 14, 2011 at 9:56 pm

I feel compelled to write this in response to those proclaiming the earthquake in Japan as well as other “natural” disasters as God’s judgement on sin. I ask that you study scripture and our New Covenant with God through Jesus Christ to back these things up. Please open your heart, wipe out “tradition” and let the Holy Spirit Himself, operating from a position of Love guide your heart in these things.
First, I would like us to take a really good look at the New Covenant that God has made with mankind through Jesus Christ’s shed blood for ALL of mankind. Jesus forever changed the way God relates to us. Sure, there are scriptural examples of God’s catastrophic judgment on sin in the Old Covenant (Testament). But God’s greatest act of judgment was when He placed ALL of His wrath for our sins upon Jesus. This forever satisfied God’s wrath. Since that time, God hasn’t been judging our sins but is now in the business of reconciliation. ( 2 Cor. 5:19)
There is a “day of judgment” coming at the end of the age and His wrath is reserved for that time. (Matt 10:15, 11:22, 11:24, 12:36, Mark 6:22, 2Pet. 2:9, 3:7, 1John 4:17, Jude 1:6, 1:14-15) We also see reference to the Judgment Seat of Christ (Rom 14:10, 2Cor. 5:10) and, of course, all the end of the age references to the judgments of Revelation.
Jesus Himself said He was not sent to bring peace on the earth among people. The peace that the angels of Luke 2:13-14 were praising God for was peace BETWEEN God and man. They were announcing the end of God’s war on sin. Peace now reigns between God and man.
Prior to Jesus’ coming, there was wrath from God against mankind for his sins. It wasn’t total wrath. Even in the Old Testament, we see God’s mercy and grace. Yet the Old Testament Law was a ministry of wrath (Rom. 4:15 with 2 Cor. 3:7 and 9), and people’s sins were held against them. But when Jesus came, God quit holding people’s sins against them. In John 12:47 He says “And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.”
Rom 2:4 says “the GOODNESS of God leads you to repentance”. Its the goodness and the love of God that brings one to the place of wanting a true relationship with Him, not the fear of judgment or hell. As far as God’s correction to believers, 2Timothy 3:16 says that “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2 Cor. 5:19 (AMP) “It was God [personally present] in Christ, reconciling and restoring the world to favor with Himself, not counting up and holding against [men] their trespasses [but cancelling them], and committing to us the message of reconciliation (of the restoration to favor).”
The word “reconciliation” is talking about making peace. God was no longer holding us accountable. Instead, He imputed our sins to Jesus, making Jesus accountable for our sins. Jesus became what we were so we could become what He was—the righteousness of God. Jesus was like a lightning rod that drew all the judgment of God unto Himself. He not only bore our sins; He actually became sin (2 Cor. 5:21 KJV) For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
God the Father forsook Jesus so you and I would never be forsaken. All that you and I would have suffered, through billions of years in eternity—the grief, the pain and, worst of all, the complete separation from the presence of God—Jesus experienced. And He experienced all of this for us. When we say God is judging our sins as individuals or corporately as a nation, we are voiding what Jesus did. That would be “double jeopardy.” I personally believe this doctrine to be an offense to the Cross of Christ.
We live in a corrupted world where bad things happen, but God isn’t the cause of them. If He were, why would He stop at New Orleans or Haiti or Japan? Natural disasters are just that. NATURAL. Don’t forget that natural disasters also occur on a regular basis in places of the world were there are no people. Surely all of us deserve the judgment of God. But, praise God, don’t get what we deserve because Jesus took it ALL on the Cross. It is FINISHED!
I’m sure you’ve all heard the saying and I’ve even said it myself in the past, “If God doesn’t judge America, He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.” Now I say, “If God judges America, He will have to apologize to Jesus.”

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posted March 14, 2011 at 10:21 pm

This thread is becoming more about personal belief than it is about the real issue…Japan is suffering. Yes they need prayers, but they need water, food, money, blankets, clothes, power and PEOPLE are going to deliver that stuff…

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posted March 15, 2011 at 5:37 pm

An Activist Faith!
Praying comes last. Action comes first.
Pray for the injured and buried under the rubble, or take action and save those buried under the rubble.
Which sounds better to you ?

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Don Vincent

posted March 16, 2011 at 10:55 am

9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
Ephesians 1

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najah lees

posted March 25, 2011 at 9:57 am

God bless Japan during these trying momets.

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Rev. C. Draeger

posted July 7, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Dear Heavenly father;

Please remember the many precious lives lost in Japan this past spring. Please bless them and have them completely recover from this extreme tragedy.

Give our Army and Navy wings to speed their rescue, and bless us with good crops so that we can bless those in times of trouble. Please have the nations of the world stop their pollution, and use other forms of energy, such as wind or solar power, to end Global Warming and the problems it brings, such as these earthquakes. Life is too precious to be lost, and an entire community was swallowed up by a wave.

Please forgive us of any air and water pollution we unknowingly did in the past 100 years, and have the Earth return to it’s glory, so that we all can live safe healthy lives.

Always, in His name we pray.


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