Pray using scripture
It can be helpful for us to remind ourselves of who God is and what he is capable of – especially in the face of huge disasters like this. Reciting and praying scripture can help us to see God as powerful and remind us of his love for everyone.
Pray the following verses from Psalm 46 over the situation in Pakistan. As you pray, ask the Holy Spirit to draw out words or phrases to you. Use these as prompts to continue to guide your prayers for Pakistan.
‘God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult.
God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved;
God will help it when the morning dawns.
The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.’
You can also choose different Bible verses for this activity.
Pray with art
The floods have pushed people further into poverty. Many families often did not have the income to meet their basic needs before the disaster hit, and so, with no savings to fall back on, the situation becomes even more desperate.
For this prayer activity you will need some paper and art materials – such as crayons, paint or colouring pencils.
Once you’ve gathered what you need, ask the Holy Spirit to fill you and speak to you. Bring your attention to the people of Pakistan, and then let the Holy Spirit lead you as you draw or paint whatever comes to mind.
If you’re doing it as part of a church, once you’ve finished you could add it to your church noticeboard to encourage prayers. If you’re doing it individually, consider putting it somewhere to remind you to continue to pray.
Reflect on the challenges of people who are vulnerable
Disasters are even worse for people with additional needs. The following prayer exercise helps to focus your prayers on specific groups of people, who are made more vulnerable by the floods. If you’re doing this activity as a group, you may want to split into smaller groups and divide this list between you.
- People with disabilities
- Pregnant women and new mothers
- People with mobility issues
- The elderly
- Women and girls
- Children separated from their families or made orphans
- Begin by welcoming God’s presence.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you in prayer for one of the groups above. Reflect on the challenges that these groups could now face because of the flooding.
- When you encounter a challenge this group may face, pray for God’s power to help them to overcome it. Pray for provision where there is lack. Pray that they won’t feel alone. And pray for opportunities and support to help them to recover and flourish.