|June 3 set as time to ‘call out for God’s mercy’; Day of Prayer for Hurricane Season
By Barbara Denman
May 16, 2012
JACKSONVILLE—Florida Baptists are being called to a Day of Prayer for the Hurricane Season Sunday, June 3, to seek the Lord for a calm season and for careful preparation on the part of families, churches and the state’s disaster relief teams, according to a state prayer specialist.
“The God who knows ‘the very hairs of your head’ and every move of every sparrow knows the needs we have, including our concern for Hurricane Season,” said Rick Shepherd, Florida Baptist team strategist for prayer and spiritual awakening.
“Part of His caring is sending us to show His concern, which includes praying for our neighbors and our communities as we seek God for the well-being of the place in which He has placed us.” Shepherd said.
“Our state and nation are experiencing a measure of God’s chastening, His remedial judgment—more as we ignore His signals. We see that as churches and as a nation,” he said. “His calls continue—through His Word, through fellow believers, and through circumstances, including calamities—storms, floods, earthquakes, economic turmoil, and fires.”
Shepherd suggests that Florida Baptists claim 2 Chronicles 7:14 “to see evidence of God speaking in our day.”
June 3 is the first Sunday in the Hurricane Season, a time all Floridians dread as the potential of life-threatening and destructive storms loom over the state’s peninsula and extensive shoreline.
After several years of disastrous storms in 2004 and 2005, Florida’s hurricane activity has been relatively quiet. Shepherd believes God has answered prayers for mercy on behalf of Florida Baptists.
Shepherd suggests specific needs for prayer—God’s mercy in dealing with hurricanes; Florida Baptist disaster relief teams; the nation of Haiti; and open doors to share the love of Christ.
To help churches participate in the day, Shepherd is providing a simple reproducible bulletin insert, “See Needs—Seeking God” which can be used during worship, Bible studies and small groups or during special times of prayer.
Florida Baptist congregations were sent a mass email with the bulletin insert, Shepherd reported, or it can be downloaded when you click here.