How to pray through the howling storm... with FREE Prayer Journaling Prompts for hurricane season in Florida
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Ah yes, late August in Florida. A time when the 6 months of scorching summer are really starting to get on our nerves. And then the hurricane season happens, and our collective patience is truly tested.
As I write this, Hurricane Dorian is still 5 days away, but our grocery stores are already out of bottled water (except San Pellegrino, which is just fantastic) and our gas stations have lines pouring into the streets.
Hurricane season… Ugh…
Preparing for a hurricane… spiritually
It might seem crazy that I’m talking spiritual about a very real, very strong hurricane approaching my state, but I’ve lived here for 7 years and it’s necessary.
Even if we don’t get hit, the mass population is going to be on edge for the next couple of weeks, and God’s people have an opportunity to remain strong — even through this. Maybe especially through this.
Remember Hurricane Irma
Two years ago, when Hurricane Irma was expected to wipe out St. Petersburg, Russell and I drove away imagining it would be our last time to see our house standing. It was horrifying.
That same year, my brother who lives in Houston, was flooded out of his home from Hurricane Harvey.
And in 2005, I lived in north Louisiana when Hurricane Katrina hit. For years after the storm, I heard so many gut-wrenching stories of total devastation from friends who had to flee New Orleans.
Remember God’s Faithfulness
What was in common in all of those stories, though, is that God was faithful.
He doesn’t promise us safe harbor from physical storms, but He does promise to never leave nor forsake us. He doesn’t promise we won’t endure hardships, but He does promise to lead and guide us through it all.
Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.
How to grow faith through the storm
This is an opportunity for us, as believers in The Living God, to grow our faith by continuing to believe what we say on the sunshiny days. If you say, “God is good” during the good times, then hold fast to that through the bad times. If you’re lost for words, let’s keep reading in James chapter 1 for some guidance…
If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get His help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought.
Prayer Journaling Prompts
Pull out your notebook, prayer journal, or a scrap of paper and respond to these questions:
What emotions are you feeling right now? Be entirely honest with God.
What are you anxious about or fearful of?
What does God promise to you?
What has the Holy Spirit told you to believe?
What does the Bible say? Use these verses as faith declarations!
What could be God’s purpose for this experience & the current feelings you have?
What are the things you’re scared to lose? Are these things your source for security, peace, hope, or happiness?
Offer thanksgiving to God for your material blessings.
Pray for the people who will be affected by Hurricane Dorian. If you have the faith to believe it, pray that God would squelch it in the ocean now. Pray for physical protection for Florida and wherever else it heads.
Dear reader, we will get through this — GOD will get us through this. For now, I’d like to lead us in prayer. If you’re reading along, you don’t need to bow your head and fold your hands to pray. Just be prayerful in spirit.
Lord, we trust You.
More than I believe the news reports and the might of Hurricane Dorian, I trust You. You have a plan of reconciling every heart to Yours — and that plan will come to fruition, because Your will shall be done on earth as it is in Heaven.
As it says in Psalm 27:3, “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.” Amen.
As it says in Romans 8:28, “We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose for them.” Amen.
As it says in James 1:2, I believe even difficulties are gifts from God to produce in me: steadfastness, endurance, and patience. Whatever way you see fit to grow my faith, Lord, have Your way. Amen.
Scroll back up to use the Prayer Journaling Prompts and watch your faith grow, even through this storm.
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Written with love,