Seven ways to pray

By Jane Sutton-Redner

(Andrea Peer/WV)

First Haiti, now Chile. Here’s how you might pray for people affected by disasters, sparked by daily life moments.

1. Waiting at the drive-through for coffee or fast food, think of people standing in long lines for food distributions. Picture their anxiety—Will there be enough? When this food is gone, what’s next? Pray for a steady supply of food and drinkable water for survivors in their time of need.

2. As you pop a pain reliever or stick a band-aid on a cut, remember people wounded in disasters. Their injuries can become fatal if they’re not treated in time. Pray for doctors and nurses to swiftly help the wounded—especially frightened children—with the right medications and supplies.

3. When you look at photos of your relatives and friends on Facebook, think of those grieving after a disaster has taken away their loved ones. Take a moment to register the pain of people reeling with such loss, and pray that they feel the comfort that only God can provide.

4. While cleaning your bathroom at home, thank God for your easy access to sanitation. Homeless disaster survivors lack toilets, hygiene supplies, and privacy in crowded displacement camps. Pray for families in these undignified circumstances.

5. When you pick up your kids from school, remember the children who get separated from their parents in a crisis. Imagine the fear on both sides: a mother’s or father’s desperation, a child’s terror of being alone. Ask God to protect separated children and bring to their aid caring guardians who can help them reunite with their parents or surviving relatives.

6. As you run errands, reflect on how life is utterly disrupted for people after a disaster—stores, schools, and even churches damaged; electrical power failing, phones dead, roads impassable. Think of how strange—and even dangerous—it must be to have to scramble for the most basic necessities when civil society shuts down. Pray for order to reign in these communities and for protection for vulnerable families.

7. In those first few moments when you lie down to sleep, think of the people forced to live outside or in tent camps because their homes were destroyed. Appreciate what’s on their minds as they drift off to sleep—distress over what has happened; uncertainty about what the next day will bring. Pray that families will obtain adequate shelter and feel a sense of peace that God has not forgotten them.

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