I want to urge all believers to continue in prayer for the victims of Harvey and Irma. We should pray, first of all, that God would be close to them and that they would trust Him—for He is a Father of mercy and comfort, who will comfort us in all our afflictions. Then, as the scriptures tell us, we who are comforted will be able to comfort others (read 2 Cor. 1:3-4). I’m sure we have seen this already, as many are so thankful to God that they are alive. And they, in thanks, are reaching out to help each other. It is a wonderful thing to see.
We must continue to pray for all the victims for encouragement, strength, and unity, as it will take much time and effort to clean up and rebuild. Pray also for all the volunteer workers. Thanks to God for groups like Samaritans Purse, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army and many church groups. And pray for all Americans who are able to give of their time and money, that they would do just that. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if so much money would come in to support these Christian groups that the government wouldn’t have to give anything! I really think that’s the way it should be.
I heard just today that Florida’s agriculture has been severely damaged by all the flooding. This will impact all Americans. Pray that we would not complain about higher prices.
Believers, be encouraged. As we continue to see tragedy all around us, know that “your redemption is drawing near” (Lu. 21:28). So be encouraged; for without encouragement how can we be effective in helping others? Yes we must stay strong in these last days!