A Prayer For Texas & Oklahoma: Bless the Victims, Protect the Rescuers, Recover the Lost

Lord, we pray for all the victims of this terrible flooding throughout Texas and Oklahoma. You know the names of everyone whose homes have been damaged or destroyed, whose cars or property are gone, whose businesses are damaged or unable to operate, and You know all those who are enduring the unspeakable pain of having lost or missing loved ones.

The McCombs, Charba, and Carey families were swept away when the Blanco River flooded its banks. Jonathan McCombs (top left) survived but was badly injured. Michelle Carey-Charba (bottom two photos) was found deceased. All others remain missing.

The Lost: First and foremost, Lord, please return all those who are lost or missing. Allow them to be recovered soon – even this very hour, Lord – so that their families can have peace and closure.

Preserve those who are stranded or trapped, and guide rescuers to them immediately so that they can get the medical attention they so desperately need, and find comfort in the arms of their loved ones.

Lord, help them feel your presence, no matter where they are, or how much fear or pain they’re feeling. Break through the darkness, Lord. Fill them with the Peace that comes only from Your Spirit. Let them know – even in this terrible time – that You are with them, and that You love them.

John Charba, (left) Matthew Marty Lopez, and Alaena Tate search through debris on the Umphrey Ranch between Wimberley and San Marcos on Wednesday for members of the Carey, Charba and McComb families with the help of Search Team 11. (Photo by Gabe Hernandez of The Caller-Times)

The Victims: We pray for all those who have been effected by flooding, high winds, tornadoes, and hail. We pray for those who are evacuating, that their homes would be protected and that they would not be displaced for long.

Please bless those who need to evacuate with wisdom, so that they can remove themselves from harm’s way in a timely manner.

We pray for all those experiencing flooding, damage, and displacement, that they would be protected by You, that their possessions would be restored, and that they would see Your providence and mercy working even through this frightening and tragic situation.

Freeways in Houston. Photo via Melissa Wilson, FOX 26

Search Teams: We pray for all the Search & Rescue Teams as they comb flooded areas and rubble for survivors and bodies. Lord, keep them safe and guide them in the right direction so that they can accomplish their task quickly.

Especially Lord, hurriedly guide searchers toward any survivors, so that they don’t have to suffer alone any longer.

Lord guard the hearts and minds of these searchers and rescuers. We know they are seeing and experiencing some very heartbreaking things. Protect them Lord, and keep them strong.

An police officer conducting water rescues in North Texas had to be extracted via helicopter by the National Guard.

Heroes Among Us: Lord, there are so many stepping into danger’s way in order to help others. We pray for our police officers, firefighters, service members, and all those courageous souls who take it upon themselves to intervene when others need assistance.

So many of these rescues take place under extremely dangerous circumstances, by wading through deep murky waters, or exploring unstable structures. Lord, we pray for their safety, their physical strength, their emotional endurance, and their timely success.

Disaster Relief Crews, Volunteers, & Donors: God, please bless all those working hard to deliver medical attention, donated items, food, water, and other necessities to those in need. Thank you for those helping in the clean up process, as well as those volunteering their time and money to help those in need. Please keep all these people safe Lord, and bless them for being such a blessing to others.

A parking lot in Houston’s Meyer Park near S. Post Oak and 610. Photo by Fernando Rodriguez.

Our Leaders: Lord, give our community leaders and politicians great wisdom and compassion as they weigh options and make decisions that will impact the lives and well-being of so many. Guide them, reassure them that You are in this, enable them to look to You for wisdom, and empower them to see exactly what needs to be done, how best to accomplish it, and speed the process of government aid.

Lord, You promise us in Your Word:

Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

God, bless Your children. God, bless Texas. God, bless Oklahoma.

In Jesus Christ’s name we pray.

Amen.

Carlos and Candy Cortez, comfort each other in the Redbird Aviation Terminal in San Marcos, Texas, Sunday, May 24, 2015. The couple, their three children and dog were rescued from the roof of their San Marcos home by an Army helicopter after the Blanco River flooded. Their six-year-old son lies on the couch next to them. Photo via FOX News.
Gabby Aviles carries her daughter Audrey through floodwaters outside their apartment in Houston on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. (David J. Phillip/AP)

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