Prayer for the Philippines
God, our shelter and strength
and ever-present help in times of trouble,
we pray for the people of the Philippines,
living in a land of such natural abundance and diversity
yet so vulnerable to the devastating effects of volcano, earthquake and storm.
Lord, we have seen pictures of the destruction brought by typhoon Haiyan
and heard stories told by the survivors that move us to tears.
We find it hard to comprehend that nature has such dreadful power,
breaking trees like matchsticks,
sweeping away homes and shattering lives
and bringing such desolation to cities and villages alike.
And so, Father,
we weep with those who weep,
praying for those who survived and those who did not;
for those who lost everything
and those who saw their homes and livelihoods destroyed.
We pray for relief workers, aid organisations and government agencies
as they attempt to meet people’s present needs
and for the longer term restoration of buildings and communities
that will take place in the coming weeks, months and years.
And, Creator God, we recognise our own role in such ‘natural’ disasters;
the impact of our wasteful lifestyles on this fragile planet
and our contribution to the warming of the world’s oceans.
We pray that the nations of the world
would take heed of the warning signs of climate change
and make greater efforts to decisive action
and sustainable ways of living.
Lord, bless the Philippines;
save her people;
in the name of Jesus,
whom even wind and waves obey.