Almighty God, we ask for your help with the wildfires raging through southern Turkey. Please send rain, redirect winds, drop temperatures, empower and protect firefighters… Lord, please do whatever is necessary to protect people and stop the fires. We pray for safe and efficient evacuations wherever needed, including those conducted by emergency rescue vehicles. We pray against anyone trying to stand their ground in an unsafe location—that they would be aware that their lives are more valuable than any property. We pray for the quick arrival of the water-carrying planes promised by the European Union and that they will make great contributions to the firefighting. We pray for those who grieve the eight people killed so far by the fires. May there be no more deaths. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
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