Praying through the aftermath of a disaster like Typhoon Haiyan can leave us feeling unsure how to pray or what to pray for. Below we have suggested ten different areas to help you focus. You can use them in a variety of ways:
∞ Use the headings as a starting point for your own words of prayer
∞ Pray using the more detailed description below the heading.
∞ Using the single words as a point of focus spend 1 minute in silent prayer offering that area wholly to God
If it helps you to focus, set up 10 candles and light one candle as you move through each of the different prayer points.
Before you begin, find yourself a comfortable place to pray.
(The rapid and continued distribution of food supplies to those who need it)
(Access to clean safe drinking water)
(Safe, secure shelter for those who have lost their homes or are unable to get back to their homes)
(For all those who lost their lives, and their family, friends and loved ones)
First Response Teams
(Wisdom and insight for those doing needs assessment; strength and courage to deal with the immensity of the task)
Hospitals and Emergency Clinics
(That emergency centres and hospitals would be adequately resourced with staff and supplies to provide the care needed by those injured. Rest for staff as they deal with the continued strain of providing care in difficult conditions)
(For those who have lost their homes and livelihoods; the thousands now housed in emergency shelters. For their physical and emotional recovery)
Police and Armed Forces
(As they deal with looting/looters and as they continue to support and enable rescue efforts & emergency services)
(For soft hearts across the globe, that people would give generously to organisations working to provide needed services and care to the area)
(For the long decades of rebuilding that will lie ahead for the people of the Philippines.)