Prayers for flood, wildfire victims

LCMS Worship offers the following prayers for flood victims in Louisiana and wildfire victims in Southern California. Pastors may use these prayers in congregations, and all are invited to include these victims in personal prayers.

Floods

Merciful Lord, look with kindness and mercy on all those who suffer from the flooding in Louisiana. In Your mercy and according to Your will, supply their physical needs, give them hope and comfort in the midst of their distress, and grant them faith in the One who suffered for us, Jesus Christ. Guide, equip and strengthen all who work to bring healing and relief. Swiftly restore order and peace. Use this time and these events to humble us before You, to lead us to repent of our sin, and to seek Your mercy and love, which never fails; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Fires

Lord Jesus Christ, you led your people through the wilderness and into the promised land by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. Be now with all those who have been evacuated due to the recent fires in California, especially those who have already lost their homes to the fire. Give them comfort in the knowledge that even though the fires rage and the earth gives way You will never leave them nor forsake them. Be their Rock and their Refuge. Into Your loving hands we commend them and all others who suffer in any way, for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

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