On Friday 30th September 2020, we were all very shocked as the news of a 7.0 magnitude earthquake with devastating effects on both Turkey and Samos reached the headlines.
With Richmond’s Zefiros Beach Hotel positioned on the south coast of Samos, many of us (guests and staff alike) were concerned over the welfare of the people we have come to know and love over so many years. We are grateful to God that the Zefiros Beach Hotel and all the people we have come to know personally have been kept safe in this tragedy.
Yet, there is much still to pray for. Will you join us? We would love to share this prayer with you now, as we lift up this situation and the many people affected to our all-loving, all-powerful Father God. The words in italics below are from Psalm 30 and we invite you to reflect on them as we pray together.
“I will exalt you, O Lord, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me.” – v1
Lord God, we thank you and exalt you because we know that, no matter what, you are powerful and good. Thank you that you are a God who is bigger than anything we face, and a God who lifts people out of the depths. We pray Lord, that you will lift up those in Samos and Turkey who are suffering in any way as a result of this disaster.
“O Lord my God, I called to you for help and you healed me. O Lord, you brought me up from the grave; you spared me from going down into the pit.” – v2 and 3
Heavenly Father, we remember those who have been physically hurt in the earthquake. Thank you that you are a Healer God. Please bring healing to all those who are injured and in pain, in your name and for your glory. We pray too for those who are experiencing the pain of lost homes and businesses or the pain of fear and anxiety. Please bring healing to their hearts Father. Thank you that you know each person by name and care for them in their time of need.
“Sing to the Lord, you saints of his; praise his holy name. For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favour lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” -v4 and 5
Lord God, in situations like these it is hard to imagine a time when the weeping will end. Yet, you, in your love, give us the promise of Heaven, where there will be no more weeping or mourning. In the midst of their devastation, please remind your people in Samos and Turkey of the hope that they have in you. Please comfort them with the sure hope of an eternity with you, free from earthly suffering. In their sadness and grief, please put songs of praise in their hearts because of your promises.
“O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever.” -v12
Our Father in Heaven, we give you thanks forever for hearing our prayers. We pray all these things in Jesus’ name,