Pray for survivors of Colorado flooding
Torrential rain mid-September created an extreme emergency for about 4 million people in 17 Colorado counties. Heavy rain — up to 17 inches in three days — forced raging water down hillsides, flooding thousands of homes and businesses and creating rivers out of canyon roads and tiny streams. Nine people lost their lives. Communities were cut off, and many are still without utilities or access to nearby towns. Nearly 12,000 people were under mandatory evacuation.
Pray for families who have lost loved ones.
Lord, we ask You to comfort those who mourn today. Allow the presence of Your Spirit to enfold them in Your loving embrace. May they remember their loved ones with joy and gratitude for the time they had. And give them courage for the days ahead.
Lift up in prayer the more than 1,600 who lost their homes, the 17,500 whose homes were damaged, and any who have lost their livelihood.
Lord, today we feel the pain of our own countrymen who have lost homes or livelihoods as a result of the flood. The Psalmist (119:28) wrote, “My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word,” expressing the need for strength that comes from facing overwhelming loss. We ask You to encourage people who must rebuild or repair their homes. And we also ask for the quick restoration of jobs and businesses for those that have been lost, so people can support their families.
Pray for emergency workers who are serving communities in pain, like World Vision staff who are assessing needs and working with church partners to distribute relief supplies and clean-up kits.
Lord, we thank you for search and rescue teams that have been at work in remote areas, trying to find any who may still need their help. We also are grateful for the many who are now working with the survivors and will continue to do so in the weeks and months ahead. We ask that you protect them in body, mind, and spirit. Give them joy so they may impart hope along with help to those who are in pain.