Heavenly Father, you are the God Almighty. There is nothing too hard for you. There is no trial so big you cannot handle it. You are our strong tower and the lifter of our heads. Lord, we are weighed down with all the upheaval around us. We see flooded cities, towns, and farms. We see fires racing through forests we love and desire to protect. We see ravages of wars and threats of new conflict. We witness our world heaving and crumbling. Yet, you are in control. You are the bond that holds it all together. You are the one who stands in the swirling waters and flames around us. You are the one who holds us in your powerful right hand. You are the one who counts the hairs on our heads and goes out for the salvation of those who love and seek you. You are the one who knows what is past, present and yet to come. You constantly work for the greater good and for your glory. Let us see your great glory in these events, Father. Let us see your mighty hand working through the first responders and unknown heroes who put themselves in harms way to rescue strangers. Let us turn to you as our guide through the rough waters and flames. Let us look to you to make a way where there seems to be none in the troubles between nations. Grant us wisdom. Grant us your favor. Come, rescue your beloved. I bring this request to your mercy seat in the name and authority of Jesus, according to your good and perfect will. Amen.

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” (Isaiah 43: 1-3 ESV)