Beloved Friends, if you have seen the images and heard the news reports about the incomprehensible devastation and loss of life, animals, homes and habitat that are coming out of Australia - and if your hearts are breaking for all the suffering there as ours are - we ask that you please take as many moments as you can over the coming days to join with us in prayer for that beautiful continent and all her inhabitants.
Sometimes, we can feel helpless when we see tragedy happening in a place that is so far removed from most of our daily lives, and we may feel that there is nothing that we can do to help. But the truth is that the most immediate, important, and effective action that we can take is to consistently hold those who are suffering up to God in prayer.
If you've ever called on friends and family in a time of crisis and felt their prayers strengthening and comforting you in the middle of a storm of circumstances that were out of your control, then you know how important it is for prayer warriors to intervene in a time of catastrophe. For Australia, this is one of those times.
So Beloveds, let's pray. Let's pray for those who have lost loved ones. Let's pray for those who have lost their homes. Let's pray for all the firefighters, first-responders and leaders. Let's pray for all those whose homes and businesses are in danger. Let's pray for all the animals that have nowhere to run. Let's pray for rain to put out the fires and for relief from the heat. Let's pray for comfort, for safety, for healing, for salvation, for strength. Let's pray for those who are sending help from all over the world. Whatever it is that God puts on your hearts to pray, let's pray for God's will to prevail on earth as it does in heaven. Let's pray and keep on praying until we see God move for Australia and all of her people.
As we pray, remember that none of us is praying alone, but through the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit we are one body in Christ coming together in Jesus' name, and our Father in heaven is listening.
"Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4:14-16 ESV).