Praying for Relief from Fire & Rain

Laura Zielke

Please join me in praying for relief from natural disasters, for everyone in harm’s way, the people who are reaching out to help them, and an end to the reign of terror by the group that shall not be named.

Why pray? Wouldn’t it be better to pray for the floodwaters to evaporate and the fires to spontaneously turn to glitter? Maybe. I don’t know that God works like that, though. What I do know is that when natural disasters strike, followers of Jesus Christ will rise up, reach out, and do whatever they can to help the people in need–without gender, race, or sexual orientation bias. They just want to help…as do first responders and people of other faiths and athiests. We pitch in to help each other, because we value life. And life is so much more than things.

So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27, NLT)

Pray for Relief from Fire & Rain
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I pray that God will help people who need to be rescued hang on long enough to be rescued. I pray that God will give stamina to fire fighters, water rescue crews, and average citizens who are rising above and beyond the call of duty to help thousands of people in desperate need. I pray that the water will recede in Louisiana. I pray God’s blessing and favor on everyone affected by the flooding–that they will be able to rebuild and be in better situation than they were before. I pray the fires will be extinguished in California. I @Prayat12 every day for mercy on our country during this insane election season. I pray for the end of the reign of terror under the group that shall not be named. And most of all, I pray for you, my friend, that you will recognize God’s hand moving in the midst of the storm–whether it be a rainstorm, a firestorm, or a lifestorm.

God never said life would be a cakewalk, but he did promise to see us through it to the other side.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:11-13, ESV)

Prayer: It Does a Body Good

Laura Zielke, A Partner on the Journey

Hard ChoicesIf you’re having a difficult time deciding whom to vote for in the upcoming election, join the club! The “How I Feel about Picking the Next President” meme is a fairly accurate description of the *apparent* dilemma facing U.S. voters in this election year.

Although each presidential candidate exudes confidence and possesses unique qualifications for the job, each one has his or her own problem—a big problem—which overshadows any (or all) of their positive qualities. From the federal investigation of an unsecured email server to schoolyard-like bullying banter between candidates to apparent voter fraud—this election season is plagued with more controversy, distortions of truth, and verbal abuse than any other election in my lifetime. It’s chaotic, disturbing, and embarrassing.

I suggest there is only ONE thing we can do about the upcoming election: PRAY. Pray hard for discernment, then vote according to your convictions, and trust the Lord for the outcome.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

Every day at Noon EDT, I’m taking time to join people of faith all over the world to specifically seek God for clarity regarding the upcoming election. Won’t you join me in prayer? Every day, we are humbly bringing our requests before the throne of God asking Him to:

  1. Reveal the truth about each candidate;
  2. Grant us discernment to make good choices;
  3. Light a fire in the hearts of voters to participate in the upcoming election;
  4. and provide clear guidance to our current President in these troubled times.

Daily Prayer Is Important

As people of faith, this is what we are supposed to do. Scripture says:

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

Thus says the Lord who made the earth, the Lord who formed it to establish it—the Lord is his name: 3 Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” Jeremiah 33:2-3

And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for ‘In him we live and move and have our being.'” Acts 17:26-28a

So, won’t you join me every day at Noon EDT (or whenever it’s most convenient for you) to pray about the upcoming election?

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