National Day of Prayer for Hurricane Harvey
“Texas Governor Greg Abbott set aside this Sunday, 9/3, as a day of prayer for Texas after Hurricane Harvey. You can see the proclamation here. Soon after, President Donald Trump signed an additional proclamation for ‘September 3, 2017, as a National Day of Prayer for the Victims of Hurricane Harvey and for our National Response and Recovery Efforts’. You can see it here.
Please set aside time today, 9/3/17, to pray for the victims, the emergency responders, and the rebuilding process following this devastating event. It is affecting many more people far outside the Gulf coast of Texas now.
If you get this in time, please be sure your pastors know about this set-aside day. Don’t assume they do. Ask them if they will give a few minutes of the Sunday service to praying for this.
Prayer leaders, consider facilitating a special-called prayer time or a conference call for this purpose.” (Cindy Jacobs)1
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.” (Isaiah 43:2a; NIV)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:2
Intercede for those who have lost much, that they would recover all. Pray they will not blame God, but will meet those who know Him and love them, and will lead them to the One who cares the most.
Pray for the military and emergency responders for safety, and that they would have their own basic needs met, as they sacrifice much to help others.
Ask God to let kindness, unity, mutual respect, care and concern, and a tremendous outpouring of sacrificial giving be seen in Texas through media reports. Declare that this is what a Christian state and nation looks like.
Declare that old structures will be uprooted and new, godly roots will be reset in the soil of our nation. Ask God to uproot old, religious structures, structures of rebellion and revolution, structures of immorality, dividing structures supported by hate, fear, and intimidation, and structures built on anything other than truth.
A prayer you can pray:
Father, my heart is heavy for those who have had to live through Hurricane Harvey’s fury. The loss of life and property and memories is overwhelming. Lord, help those who know you to cling very tightly to You right now. Let them show Your reality to those who don’t yet know You. Strengthen the emergency responders and military and all the volunteers that have gone to help. I declare that the natural is shouting the spiritual! Old structures in Texas and the nation are being uprooted, so fresh, godly roots can be reset in the nation’s soil. Heal our nation, Jesus! Amen.
God has been in the midst of those suffering in the Gulf areas as Hurricane Harvey hit and in the aftermath. I decree that they will see and know His love and reality.
1 Excerpt from a prayer alert released by Cindy Jacobs, 9/1/17.
2 Excerpt from a prayer alert released by Cindy Jacobs, 8/31/17.