INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS PRAYERLINE
Friday, March 11, 2011
“You silence the roar of the seas, the roar of their waves, and the tumult of the nations. Those who live far away are awed by Your signs; You make east and west shout for joy,” (Psalm 65:7-8, HCSB).
Dear Intercessors, this is Eleanor Witcher of the Office of Global Prayer Strategy, asking you to pray for the people of Japan.
In this age of instant information, we have the heartbreaking ability to view tragedies as they unfold. I fell asleep Thursday night with the television on, only to be awaken by an urgent news report of the earthquake and tsunami as the latter hit Japan. A massive quake, 8.9 on the Richter scale, hit in the northeastern part of the country at 2:46 in the afternoon, then waves of 4.1 meters–greater than 13 feet high–flooded across the land. Preteen girls in school uniforms huddled with their teacher and watched the buildings sway. People ran to higher ground, many standing on the roofs of tall buildings and watching their homes, businesses, lifestyles wash away.
How must it feel to watch everything you have known disintegrate? Those individuals must be frantically worrying about their loved ones then imagining the future, wondering where do we go from here? The people of Japan are as prepared to handle an earthquake crisis as any nation could ever be, but devastation such as this is beyond the abilities of man.
While offering immediate and compassionate aid, may we also lift up prayers for the spiritual salvation of the Japanese people. As individuals cope with the suffering and grief, ask God to touch their hearts with His love and comfort.
* Please pray for Japanese government leaders and relief coordinators that they will have the endurance and knowledge necessary to respond to this crisis effectively.
* Intercede for the individuals who are facing grief, both from death and from loss of livelihood, that they will open their hearts to the comfort of the Holy Spirit.
* Ask the Lord to silence the roar of the seas and waves and to bring calm as only He can.
We have been able to communicate with all field personnel who live in the area most affected by the quake and are thankful that all are safe. Needs will be assessed as quickly as possible to see how Southern Baptists may join in ministering to those affected by the disaster.