As Hurricane Dorian approaches, we are prepared to gather together as a church to pray for our community, our city, our nation, and everywhere else potentially affected by the impending storm. Join us tomorrow morning (Saturday) from 7am to 8am at Vito’s Pizza in Coral Springs to pray for our great God to watch over us all.

Here is a guide to how we will pray (borrowed from South Carolina Baptist Convention):

  1. Pray that those affected by the storm would know the assurance of God’s love, provisions, and his protection

    • Zephaniah 3:17 “The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”

    • Isaiah 41:13 “For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, ‘Fear not, I am the one who helps you.’ ”

    • Isaiah 35:4 “Tell everyone who is discouraged, be strong and don’t be afraid! God is coming to your rescue!”

    • 1 Chronicles 16:11 “Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always.”

  2. Pray that those affected will have strength and endurance to rebuild any potentially broken physical and/or emotional places in their lives.

    • Psalm 22:19 “But you, LORD, do not be far from me. You are my strength; come quickly to help me.”

    • Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

    • Isaiah 40:31 “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

    • Psalm 102:17 “He will respond to the prayer of the destitute; he will not despise their plea.”

  3. Pray for first Responders and volunteer teams — Generosity of time, provisions and care.

    • Philippians 1:3 “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you..”

    • Colossians 1:11 “May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy.”

    • 2 Corinthians 5:20 “So we are ambassadors for Christ, God making His appeal through us.”

  4. Pray for places for families to live (those who need to evacuate and find safer living spaces). For children, the elderly, and vulnerable to receive compassion, gentleness, and will heed evacuation warnings.

    • Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge hime, and he will make straight your paths.”

    • 2 Kings 20:5 “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; behold, I will heal you.”

    • Joshua 1:9 “Be strong and of good courage, be not frightened, neither be dismayed; for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

    • Psalm 56:3 “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”

  5. Pray for all leaders and decision-makers to have wisdom and exercise it.

    • James 3:17 “But the wisdom that comes from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits without uncertainly or insincerity.”

    • Psalm 25:4 “Make me know thy ways, O Lord.”

    • Proverbs 19:20 “Listen to advice and accept instruction that you may gain wisdom for the future.”

  6. Pray for all to have spiritual fruit bearing and hope in Jesus.

    • Hebrews 10:23 “ Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”

    • Matthew 5:16 “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

    • Romans 10:1 “ Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved.”