Prayer and Action: Helping those Struck by Tornadoes


I am heartbroken– along with many of you– to hear about the tramatic tornadoes that have ripped through states like Kentucky, Illinois, and Tennessee. I have read here about the tragic stories of loss and chaos in these places, and my heart goes out to those who are desperately hurting over the loss of their loved ones.

I can’t help but think of the Biblical character, Nehemiah. The book of Nehemiah begins with Nehemiah being a cupbearer to the King in Susa. He gets word from his brother that “Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire” (Nehemiah 1:3).

What does Nehemiah do next? He sits down and weeps. He mourns and fasts before God. And then, heartbroken to hear about the state his home country is in, he decides to do one thing first: He prays.

After He prays, He asks King Artaxerxes if he may go back to Jerusalem and rebuild it’s walls (Nehemiah 2:1)– and he does just that.

As we look upon the death and destruction these freaks of nature have produced, may we be like Nehemiah– deeply moved to lift them up in prayer, and, if led to, go and help on the ground or in any way possible (you can start helping here). Please pray with me now.

Dear Lord God,
We come before You broken and hurting over those who have lost everything and everyone because of these tornadoes and storms. We ask now that You would send comfort, strength, and peace to each person affected by these storms. Give their leaders wisdom about how to deal with the aftermath; please lead and guide us in prayer and in action as You would will us to help. We lift them high to You now, Father.
In Jesus’ Name we pray, amen.”

May we pray and act as led by the Holy Spirit. Thank you for your time, prayers, love, and action.

In Christ,


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Throughout all of the pain and chaos, Jesus stays the same. Learn more about Jesus, and what He has done for mankind, here.

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