How to Pray for the Victims of Hurricane Harvey

prayerHurricane Harvey left a massive swath of devastation and loss in south Texas. We all hurt when we see our fellow Americans suffering in the aftermath of one of worst natural disasters in our nation’s history.

What Can I Do?

We’ve all wondered, “What can I do?” or “How can I help?” Every good-hearted person ponders those questions. One of the ministers from our church, George Hurt, is currently in Texas. He bought a boat and has been scouring the flooded streets and neighborhoods of Houston looking for those still needing rescued. Most of us simply aren’t logistically, financially, or physically able to go and rescue stranded Texans.

We all can, however give to the relief effort. Josh Wilson, one of Faith Apostolic Church’s pastors, is in route to Texas at this moment to deliver a trailer full of much-needed supplies. Thank you to all who contributed financially or physically brought items for us to send. If you are still interested in contributing to our hands-on relief effort, please visit our website at

We Can Pray

prayerPeople pray in times like these – it’s what we do.  We reassure those who are suffering.  We say, “I’m praying for you.”  But let us make sure those are more than hollow words.  If we say we are going to pray for people, then let’s actually do it.

So what is the best way to pray for those suffering in Texas?  We want our prayers to be more robust and meaningful than, “Lord, help the people of Texas.”

How To Pray

Here are 5 specific ways you can pray for those suffering in the aftermath of hurricane Harvey:

  1. Pray for Direction on How You Can Help

Prayer cannot be our only response. Pray that God will show us how to get personally involved. Perhaps you can send a donation to a church that is sending relief. You might take a trip to Texas in the coming months to help the rebuilding effort.  You can volunteer locally to assemble care packets or supply boxes. God will lead you.  He will show you how you can get involved.  So let’s put our money where our mouth is!

  1. Pray for Protection from Loss of Life

Every human being is valuable in the sight of God. The loss of any life is tragic. We can rebuild buildings and roads.  We cannot rebuild people. Pray that God will protect people from physical harm or death.

  1. Pray Those Suffering Will be Drawn Closer to the Lord

Whenever there is tragedy, loss, or disaster, people generally respond in one of two ways. People either become angry and bitter against God or they draw nearer to God and find comfort and strength in Him. So pray that those suffering be drawn closer to God through this tragedy.

  1. Pray For Unity in our Country

We are all keenly aware of the polarization and strife right now in our country. Often during times of disaster and loss, people lay aside their differences and come together for a common cause. Pray that we will all be reminded again that we are Americans before we are democrats, republicans, blacks, or whites. Healing can come to our country as we turn our swords into plowshares and work together to alleviate the suffering of our fellow countrymen.

  1. Pray that God will Give “Beauty for Ashes”

The prophet Isaiah said God gives “beauty for ashes.” However incomprehensible or improbable to us, God is able to bring something beautiful out of the ruins. Let us pray that He will do just that.  Let us pray that, through a divine work of God, in the end, the people of Houston will be better off than they were before the hurricane.

The people of south Texas need our prayers! Let’s pray more than hollow clichés or nice-sounding platitudes. Let’s pray specific and directed prayers – the kind that really makes a difference.

~Matthew Ball