Lord, today we pray for North Korea in the aftermath of terrible
flooding. With almost 30,000 homes and 900 public buildings destroyed, this is
a devastating blow to the nation. More significant, we grieve the loss of an
estimated 138 lives, with hundreds of other people still missing. Lord, help
the missing people be found quickly. May people band together to rebuild. May
the government show mercy to its people and provide effective assistance. We
pray for the tens of thousands of displaced people, that they would find
shelter, that their neighbors and loved ones would show generosity toward them.
We pray for wise planning for the future, so flash flooding will not be as
likely to cause such damage again. We also pray that your love would shine in
the midst of sorrow, and that--even dealing with devastation--people would have
hope. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.