Lord God, we pray for Equatorial Guinea as this small nation recovers from Sunday’s massive explosion in one of its largest cities. First, Lord, we pray for those who still need to be rescued, that they would be found as quickly and safely as possible. We pray for those receiving medical care, that it would be effective and efficient. Knowing that almost 100 people are confirmed dead so far, we pray for the grieving, both in this immediate aftermath and along the long journey called grief. Lord God, we pray for blood donations and medical volunteers to quickly arrive where needed—both from within Equatorial Guinea and without. We pray that, when the time is right, there will be answers about why explosives were so carelessly handled that a nearby fire set by farmers could cause such massive devastation. We pray for the president and vice president, who have not always been known to look out for their people more than their own interests, to handle this crushing event within their nation in an above-reproach, prompt, effective manner. We pray for your great mercy to be generously poured upon Equatorial Guinea both now and through the coming months needed for emotional, economic, structural and spiritual recovery. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
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