I do want to thank you for the rain. This state is lacking a lot of it and I am glad that reservoirs are fillings and crops are stretching out their roots and sighing in relief.
But God, I want to pray a special prayer for all of those with nowhere to escape the storm. I pray that tents and tarps remain secure and without leaks. I pray that blankets and coats stay dry. I pray that shopkeepers and church leaders have compassion and choose not to kick out the man or woman seeking refuge on their front porch.
Father, I ask that you keep my friends on the street supernaturally safe in this time. That Your embrace keeps them warm. That Your Spirit provides protection. That Your people are given eyes to see their brothers and sisters in need and that their hearts are pulled to respond to those needs.
And when the storm clears God, I pray for those who have to rebuild camps. For those who have to shiver and shake until they find new clothes. For those with jobs and those who are students who may have had resources wash away. I pray that you provide the opportunities to restore what was lost.
I pray that when the sun shines bright again, that we will look around only to see that our differences–all the things we thought separated us from those on the street–have been washed away. That our self-centered Christianity, that our egos, that our “I’m too busy to serve” and our “That’s just not my thing” have been washed away. That we have clearer minds and clearer vision to see the need and meet the need. That we recognize Your love of justice and we get the drive to seek it.
In Jesus name,
“But let justice roll on like a river,
righteousness like a never-failing stream!” (Amos 5:24)