Evangelist Cindy Jacobs has issued an “RPN (Reformation Prayer Network) Alert” telling her readers to pray Hurricane Sandy away. Here’s how to do it:
In Luke 8:22-25 Jesus gives us a perfect example of how to pray:
One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.
The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master,we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples. (Luke 8:22-25; NIV)
In case that isn’t clear enough, here are a few points to consider:
1. Rebuke this storm in Jesus’ name. The authority of the believer is powerful enough to shift weather patterns! (Matthew 17:20)
2. Declare that the Prince of Peace reigns over this hurricane, and that His peace will cause the storm to diminish. (Isaiah 9:6)
3. Pray that this storm will not disrupt our Reformation Day prayer initiatives in the eastern states. (Isaiah 54:17)
4. Pray that the Lord would protect every person on the eastern coast, and that there would be no fatalities or serious injuries. (Psalm 91; It would also be good to declare this passage of scripture over the eastern states.)
5. Worship God for his provision, protection, and peace in the midst of storms. (Psalm 59:16)
I’m not sure on the “rebuking” thing (point 1), but hey… whatever floats your boat. I suppose it could be as effective as my reasoning with my little Mini-Pin. Also, it would be unfortunate if the hurricane were to disrupt their special prayer day (point 3).
In the mean time, if you’re not big into prayer, I’d suggest following evacuation orders, keeping a close ear to news reports, get recommended supplies, do what you can to stay out of dangerous situation, visit family members who aren’t in the path, get provisions… we’ve known about this storm for a while so you can do everything you can to stay safe.
If you’re not in the path, find out what you can do to help, whether a donation, opening your home to friends and relatives, keep in touch with those you know affected. Either way, don’t pray… do.
At least that’s my suggestion.