Lord, You are God. There is no doubt; there is no other. You are Creator; You are the One with all power; You are the only One worthy of our attention, allegiance and worship. You are King of kings and we the work of Your hands. We come before You and bow, because we understand who You are.
You are a God who delights to restore. You love us so much – so infinitely and unconditionally that Your grace (Your free, unmerited, unlimited, unconditional love) has always flowed freely to all generations. You delighted to send Your Son, Jesus, for the redemption of the world.
Lord, You are also a God who is consistent and unchanging. It has always been Your way, that in order to receive all the blessings You desire to pour out on us, You require only one thing – our allegiance and loyalty to You, acknowledging You are the Savior and Lord we need. This demand for our allegiance and loyalty is no different than in any earthly kingdom, where those who desire to be part of a kingdom, bow to the resident king (ruler) and his laws.
And yet, in so many ways, our culture in the United States and in other formerly Christian nations has forgotten You and set You aside.
Today, as Hurricane Irene approaches our nation, so near the 6th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and so swiftly upon the heels of the unprecedented earthquake near our nation’s capitol, we stand in the gap for our nation as Your faithful remnant and ask for Your mercy and grace.
Confound the wise, and turn this hurricane out to sea or let it make landfall in a weaker state than expected. Let it not do the predicted damage.
Lord, we know that when our government turns its back on Israel, when we offer our children as if to Molech through abortion and when we tolerate other ways of living which do not honor what You have asked of us, we are worthy of Your wrath. We are asking for the loss of Your sovereign protection over this country.
Mercy, Lord God. Have mercy on us. Mercy, Lord God. Have mercy on us. Do you see the hearts of Your remnant? Do You see us on our knees crying out to You on behalf of the entire nation? Is it enough? Will You hear?
Lord God, there are so many different ways, that you can bring us back to faith in You. We are asking for another way which does not cause the death or injury or loss to the innocent (and to those who already fear Your name, but simply happen to be in the hurricane’s path). Lord God, we understand this is earth, not heaven and that ugly, hard things will happen here and yet, still we ask.
You tell us to ask and keep on asking, so here we are. Have mercy on us God, for we are sinners. Relent with this storm and instead release a massive wind of Your Spirit which breathes Your life into many, many hearts. Let it not be a devastating rain, but a spiritual rain of Your Living Water which restores and brings new life (for eternity). Lord God, let it be Your Spirit which invades this country, not Hurricane Irene.
If, however, too many of us still are ignoring You, then Lord we acquiesce to Your will and have only one request…Use this hurricane for your glory. Use this hurricane for Your glory! Bring something good out of it! Bring many people to faith and a full knoweldge of You through it. Lord God, do not waste this terror or potential damage. Draw people closer to You in a way that restores their soul, brings them deep abiding joy and fills them with Your peace.
And yet, we cry again, Lord, could You please have mercy. We can place our hope and trust only in You; we know You hear; we wait expectantly for Your result. In Jesus’ name, Amen
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Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist. She is also a Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Financial Counselor with a heart for helping Christians understand and steward their finances God’s way.
For books, worship cds, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit www.holyspiritpress.org Worship music audio clips can be found at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro For information on her work for the military and their families please visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org Eagles Nest Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation. Contributions are tax-deductible.