I will lie down in peace and sleep, for you alone, O LORD, will keep me safe. (Psalm 4:8)
Many people in Nepal were in church when the earthquake first hit. The power went out, followed by a long and violent tremor. Churchgoers began praying and crying out to God for protection and safety. The congregation ran to exit the building, reports The Baptist Standard.
“We stood up and had time to hang onto each other but were then thrown to the ground,” said a survivor. “I would describe trying to get out like being on a trampoline with people carrying it and you’re trying to walk from one side of it to the other — completely off-centered and unsettling, nearly impossible. We both prayed, ‘Lord, please let us get out of this building.’”
Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me, For my soul takes refuge in You; And in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge until destruction passes by. (Psalm 57:1)
The 7.8-magnitude earthquake, which occurred last Saturday about 50 miles outside the capital of Kathmandu reached as far as India, Bangladesh, and Tibet. It has been followed by more than 50 aftershocks.
What can we do?
First, support the rescuers.
RELEVANT, a website for young Christian adults, advises that this is not the time for individuals to go to Nepal. “The best thing that people can do is donate cash to a reputable organization that’s working over there.” Samaritan’s Purse, for example, is deploying a team 16 people to Nepal. They will take supplies for 15,000 households and work out of emergency shelters and hospitals to help the victims. You can donate here.
Most importantly, commit to pray for those in need.
- Pray for those who lost family members.
- Pray for those who are hungry and need shelter.
- Pray for those who have not yet been found.
- Pray for aid workers who are going to and working in a devastating situation.
We need you now to calm the fear, stress, and anxiety of those suffering from the Nepal earthquake. Please take their heavy burdens. Replace them with your humble and gentle yoke so they will find rest for their souls. Be with them so they can lie down tonight in peace and sleep. Please keep them daily, Lord, in your perfect peace.
Go here to add your prayer for the earthquake victims.