Prayer, Plain and Simple

“The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD is enthroned as King forever” (Psalm 29:10).

Melting snow has pushed the Red River at Fargo, North Dakota to “major flood stage.” The National Guard and an army of volunteers are filling sandbags in anticipation of the flood crest expected sometime in the next two days. Let’s pray for all those facing the onslaught of floods in the upper Midwest and for those also facing flooding in New Jersey and the Northeast.

“God, we cry for your help for those facing rising floodwaters. Give them supernatural courage and comfort and physical emotional strength as they face this nature threat. Protect life and property. God, be with them. With the Psalmist we pray, “Do not let the floodwaters engulf me or the depths swallow me up or the pit close its mouth over me,” (Psalm 69:15). You are the Lord over your creation: we confess this as truth! We also acknowledge that nature is imbalanced and fallen and does not now know how to submit under your lordship. At times nature’s weather breaks the dikes of your constraint. It is our part and role, our purpose as humans on the earth to declare your lordship over creation and to call it back into order and peace. We do this now in this prayer for the floods happening now in North Dakota and New Jersey and in other parts of our nation. Jesus on Lake Galilee called to the storm, “Be still!” and it was. We borrow his words and say the same today to these storms and rising waters: “Be still!” God you are good. In Jesus we pray…”

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