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Sunday, January 17, 2010

prayers for Haiti from the staff of DEVOZINE

Nicole Corlew, Associate Editor of devozine magazine posted this wonderful prayer on Thursday on the devozine Facebook page. Subscribe to this fantastic magazine at . Thanks, Nicole, for sharing these words......

Haiti: Ways to Pray
Thu at 4:12pm
(Today, devozine gathered with the rest of the staff at The Upper Room (our parent company) to pray for the people of Haiti. We invite you to join us in prayer. If you are like us, you may find it difficult to put your prayers into words. Hopefully, the guides to prayer below will be of help to you as they were to us.)

The Upper Room Living Prayer Center urges people everywhere to be in prayer for the people of Haiti, in light of the devastating earthquake that struck the nation on January 12.

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As the eyes of the world turn to Haiti, Let us join our hearts in prayer:

God of compassion,
please watch over the people of Haiti,
and weave them out of these terrible happenings.
Surround those who have been affected by tragedy
with a sense of your present love,
and hold them in faith.
Though they are lost in grief,
may they find you and be comforted;
guide us as a church
to find ways of providing assistance
that heals wounds and provides hope.
Help us to remember that when one of your children suffer we all suffer.
Knowing that you have conquered death and devastation
we lift our prayers in complete confidence,
that in the healing and consoling presence of your Holy Spirit
you will provide help to your beloved children of Haiti.
In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord we pray. AMEN

Here are some specific points to guide your prayers:

1. Pray that rescue workers will be able to reach any trapped victims who are still alive.

2. Pray for those who have been left homeless by this disaster, that they will find provision and safety.

3. Pray that emergency aid, such as food and water, will arrive swiftly and move smoothly to affected areas. Pray as well that any disruption to transportation, such as fuel shortages, will be minimized.

4. Pray that communication will be restored and cell phone service will become dependable so families and emergency workers can make the contacts they need.

5. Pray for God's protection and strength for emergency workers. Ask God to give responders wisdom as to how they can most effectively confront this disaster.

6. Pray that the people of Haiti be protected from the spread of disease in coming days and weeks, and that clean water and food will remain available.

7. Pray for missionaries and missions personnel in Haiti. Ask God to protect them as well as provide wisdom and strength in coming days and weeks, as they engage in relief efforts.

8. Pray for provision among the people of Haiti in coming weeks and months, as a large part of the population will be unemployed.

9. Pray that security and order will be maintained in affected areas.

10. Pray for the churches in Haiti, as well as the believers in those congregations. Ask God's protection upon them and provision for them, as well as His guidance in leading them in ministry to the needy and hurting in coming days and months.

11. Pray that people around the world will be moved to action, both through heartfelt prayer and tangible giving, in response to this crisis.

Here are a couple ways you may contribute to the relief efforts in Haiti:

1. You may make an online donation through The United Methodist Committee on Relief, and 100% of your gift will go to support relief and development efforts in Haiti.
2. Bahamas Habitat has been asked to help deliver supplies and provide evacuation support for Haiti. You may help by donating money or supplies (blankets, tarps, first aid supplies, food, other essentials)—or by volunteering to fly a mission in your aircraft!
Please let us know of other ways we might be in prayer and offer assistance.

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