What if His People Prayed Instead of Feared Hurricane Irene?

We are not commanded to watch and fear but to watch and pray lest we enter temptation. The Spirit indeed is willing but the flesh is weak. See Matthew 26:41

Pray for this mountain of a storm to be swept out to sea:

And Jesus answered and said to them, “Truly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it will happen. -- Matthew 21:21 NASB

"Yet not My will, but Yours be done." -- Jesus in Luke 22:42 NASB

Some might say, "Bill, isn't it dangerous to pray for such a storm to collapse or go out to sea? Nobody is predicting that. What if our unbelieving friends see this and say, 'See there's no God' or 'What kind of God do you serve who would allow such destruction?'"

I say that God is the one who can move mountains and it is the time, when no one thinks such could happen, that God is most glorified. As for the skeptics/athiests, the same God who gives man freedom of choice to choose Him or some other way, the same God who will not allow humanity to think that everything is right with the world, the same God who said "that sin came into the world and death by sin" is the one that allows natural disasters, disease and even death to cause our hearts to yearn for something better and that better is found in Him and a future that is aligned with Him. If God decides to allow this storm to do more devastation, to say no to our prayers, He has a reason for that and it isn't the absence of storms that proves God it is the presence of them that shows that He is real and that the Bible is right concerning these things.

So he went out from Pharaoh and pleaded with the LORD. And the LORD turned the wind into a very strong west wind, which lifted the locusts and drove them into the Red Sea. Not a single locust was left in all the country of Egypt. -- Exodus 10:18-19 ESV --- May the Lord turn Hurricane Irene East and out to sea, in answer to our prayers. Father, glorify yourself by answering our prayers, nevertheless, Your will be done.

How are you reacting to Hurricane Irene? I welcome your thoughts.

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