Weekly Watch Focus: Tornadoes in Central U.S.
FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2019-Devastating tornadoes have ripped through the Central U.S in recent weeks. The National Weather Service has reported more than 400 tornadoes since May 17th, breaking a U.S. record. Thousands have lost homes and several people have lost their lives in the tornadoes that touched down from Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Missouri, Kentucky, and Ohio, including the tornado that struck Dayton, OH on Monday, requiring road crews to use snow plows to push debris clear debris from major thoroughfares. Pray comfort, strength and healing for the families who have lost so much. Bind the spirit of destruction and pray blessing, protection, peace and supernatural deliverance from further tornadoes and disasters in this season of storms.
Record flooding along the Arkansas and Mississippi rivers threatens thousands of communities from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, and Louisiana. Pray for the safety of those living in the affected region. Pray for wisdom for authorities as they make difficult decisions to protect people and vulnerable levies. Remember those in the flood’s path, and pray for their recovery. May the waters recede and dry up quickly.
Part 2: Pray for President Trump
We want to join forces with thousands of Christians across this nation adding our voices of intercession to Dr. Franklin Graham’s call for Believers to pray for President Trump on June 2, 2019:
Along with 250+ Christian leaders, I am asking followers of Christ across our nation to set aside next Sunday, June 2, as a special day of prayer for the President, Donald J. Trump.
President Trump’s enemies continue to try everything to destroy him, his family, and the presidency. In the history of our country, no president has been attacked as he has. I believe the only hope for him, and this nation, is God.
This is a critical time for America. We’re on the edge of a precipice. Time is short. We need to pray for God to intervene. We need to ask God to protect, strengthen, encourage, and guide the President.
We know that God hears and answers prayer. He can soften hearts and change minds. He is all-powerful, and He rules over the affairs of nations. The Bible instructs us to pray for those in authority, “that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior” (1 Timothy 2:2–3).
On June 2, we ask that pastors would lead their congregations in praying for the President, that Sunday schools and other groups would join together and pray, and that individuals and families across the country would have a special focus on praying for the President that day... (Franklin Graham's Facebook post, May 26, 2019).
2 Corinthians 1:3, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction.”
Psalm 23:4, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
Psalm 104:30, “When you send forth your Spirit… you renew the face of the earth.”
Mark 4:39, “And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, ‘Peace! Be still!’ And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.”
2 Samuel 24:25b, “So the LORD heeded the prayers for the land, and the plague was withdrawn from Israel.”
1 Timothy 2: 1-3, “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.”
Ephesians 6:12, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”