Prayers for Japan and a Hurting World
There’s been another huge natural disaster. The 8.6 earthquake and tsunami in Japan is all over the news. Close to a thousand people have been killed and many more are missing. The tsunami has put the nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan in danger of a meltdown. People everywhere are now praying for the people of Japan, and I am no exception. I actually have a friend who is from Fukushima who still has his mother, sister, and nieces there.
But it doesn’t take knowing someone in Japan to be concerned. Just a few minutes of watching the devastation on the news — the video of buildings swaying and office furniture being tossed around, of cars being pushed along by a tsunami wave like they are toys (are there people in those cars?) and farm buildings being flooded by the water — and you can’t help but be concerned.
So I decided to use my blog today to post a prayer for the people of Japan and for those who know and love them in other parts of the world.
Heavenly Father, I pray all who are impacted by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan will be able to cast their fears and anxieties on You. Protect the aid workers who travel to Japan to help with clean up and to minister to those who have lost their homes and loved ones. I lift up those who have loved ones in Japan, that You would provide them comfort and peace, knowing that You are in control. Open lines of communication so that information about loved ones can get through. Provide the resources necessary for continued cooling of the reactors at the nuclear power plant so that further disaster from a meltdown will be averted. Provide healing, peace, and comfort to the people of Japan. In Jesus name, Amen
As with other natural disasters, such as the earthquake in Haiti, I begin to wonder why it takes a natural disaster for the world — and Christians in particular — to be concerned about and pray for a nation. With Haiti, there was extreme poverty long before the earthquake that devastated that island nation. Why did we not pray for them and show concern before the earthquake, and why have we forgotten them again a year later (which is a whole other post for another day).
Japan, on the other hand, is a nation of fairly well-to-do nation. They are not regularly in our prayers because they don’t seem to need our prayers. But Japan is a nation in which some statistics indicate less than half of the population is religious in any way. Of those who are religious, the predominant religions are Buddhism and Shintoism. Less than 2% of the population are Christian. Which means that less than 2% know the peace offered by our Lord Jesus.
So I want to add another prayer for Japan today, one that I want to suggest we continue to pray long after the brunt of the current natural disaster has passed and the lives of the people of Japan get back to normal.
Oh Lord, I pray that You would use this natural disaster and the memory of it to draw the people of Japan closer to Your Son Jesus. I pray that they would see Your greatness and their weakness, Your majesty and their unworthiness. I pray that they would call upon Your mercy and compassion, and that You would reveal to them their own sin and pride and call them to repentance and humility. I pray for the growth of true Christianity and knowledge of Your saving grace among the people of Japan. I pray that You would lay upon the hearts of Christians everywhere the desire to pray for the people of Japan long after the physical effects of the earthquake and tsunami are but a memory. In Jesus name, Amen
Let’s not forget to pray for Japan after this natural disaster. And let us not wait for the next natural disaster to remember to pray for those in need of Jesus’ saving grace throughout the world.
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Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment. Peace, Linda
You touched my heart with your prayers and true concern for the unsaved people of Japan. I didn’t know the stats for Christians were that low… God help them.
I’ve been praying in agreement with much of what you posted today. And many of the details I already knew because I sat up most of the night watching the nuclear disaster unfold on TV. No wonder I couldn’t get back to sleep.
I was thinking of the Israelites… how they were exiled/punished because they turned away from God… and in their stubborn arrogance and their CHOICE to reject their Creator… “you will be my children, and I will be your God”… He had no choice but to deliver drastic measures to get their attention and bring them back to Him.
A parallel? Did they reject God long enough? Am I cruel to think such a thing? What do you think…?
Hugs… : )
Linda, I hesitate to attribute any natural disaster to God taking drastic measures to get people’s attention. I suppose sometimes that is what is happening with a natural disaster. But consider Job – a lot of bad things happened to him and it wasn’t to get him to turn back to God, it was to show Satan that God’s people won’t falter and curse Him. I also know that God will use this disaster to further His kingdom. The few believers that are in Japan – like my friend’s mom mentioned in my other post today – will not let the opportunity to minister to and show compassion on their unbelieving neighbors in the midst of this tragedy. Peace, Linda
Point well taken regarding Job. I believe in my heart that souls will be saved, even though the means is so disasterous. In prayer for all…
This post has me in tears too. I’ve only saw the video on Rea’s blog and it about did me in. Maybe yet another reason He has asked me to fast and pray. God bless you and keep you ever listening to His call and will.
Thank you, Linda
Very kind and thoughtful of you. Thanks for being obedient to His direction. I’m praying alongside you.
echo: “… let us not wait for the next natural disaster to remember to pray for those in need of Jesus’ saving grace throughout the world.”
Ann, I must confess I am guilty of forgetting to pray for others worldwide until a disaster such as this strikes. This was a call to myself as much as to others to remember to pray. Peace, Linda