If any of you have had any remote link to technology over the past day, you have already heard of the treacherous nightmare many Atlantans are experiencing with the icy road conditions. Whoever you may be and wherever you are in the world, I am asking you to pray today. Atlanta needs your prayers. There are many people who have slept in their cars overnight in 12 degree weather who have no food or water. There are children who’ve been stranded on school buses and parents who fought all night to try and reach their babies. Some children are still on buses and some are still at school. People are desperate, afraid, and hopeless. We’ve seen a lot of miracles last night: tons of loved ones rescued by others and given a warm place to stay and others who connected with friends and roughed it out in the cold whole night. But, we still need prayers. Please pray for the following:
1. For the Lord to send divine interventions to save these children and trapped adults (in their cars and buildings) and for them to return home safely.
2. Please pray for hearts and spirits to be refreshed and renewed by the kindness and generosity of others. Countless people are opening up their homes, making the trek to rescue stranded people, and dropping off bottled water and snacks.
3. Pray that the generosity continues whether through local churches, individuals, or businesses. And that God may multiply the resources just as He did when feeding the five thousand with two fish and five loaves of bread. May no one run out of anything needed for those in need.
4. Pray for sunshine. Pray the sun will melt the ice on the roads so people can drive.
5. Pray that hearts will turn back to God in this crisis. Pray for a deeper level of trust for those that already believe in Jesus Christ and for those who don’t or who have turned away, that this experience may reignite their faith.
6. Pray that God grants incredible wisdom to those who are driving and working to restore the roads.
7. Pray that hearts will be forever moved with compassion towards those that are in need. Pray this experience will not be in vain, but that it would produce a harvest of righteousness. Pray that hard and bitter hearts towards the church would be broken and healed by the selfless giving of a believer in Jesus Christ. Pray that the homeless and abandoned children (orphans, trafficking victims) will gain a new level of importance in the hearts of many who (never once before) faced such travail. Pray that this suffering will be used as an incredible tool of character refinement and hunger for the truth of Jesus Christ.
May the Lord receive the glory! May trust and hope be restored in this city for Jesus Christ!
“And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.” Colossians 3:15
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalms 46:1
“It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great. You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn.” Psalm 18:32-36
“Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.” Psalm 119:165
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we all live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.” Galatians 5:22-26
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14.27
“May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.” 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
“The Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”’ Numbers 6:26
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