Fires are once again burning in our beautiful state, raging through the mountains, eating up everything in their path. Sadness reigns in my heart as I watch homes burning ~ so much of the lives of these people is now ashes, but there is always hope. It reminds me of Isaiah:
To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”
Lord You promise to give the mourning beauty for ashes, and to console them. Your promises are true and we ask for Your consolation for those who have lost so much! Restore to them beauty for the ashes Lord! Perhaps it will be the beauty of coming to know and trust in You.
Father, there are fires that can rage through each of us. Words spoken in anger can light a fire that destroys relationships in families and in friendships. Lord, I ask that you bring wisdom to our mouths, and a deepening love to our spirits. A hurting heart carries an offense like a charred limb, and it will smear its charcoal blackness on every aspect of life.
Heal the hurting hearts of our people, Lord, carve out that charred limb with forgiveness. Only forgiveness can heal that wounded heart and restore wholeness to a person.
Lord, I am saddened by the destruction and the pain being wrought by the fires in the forests, yes, but also by the lack of love in our culture today. The enemy is tearing us apart lie by lie and sin by sin. Only You Lord can restore us. Jesus You died to save us, and that salvation is as strong and true today as the day You suffered through it. You don’t need to die again, but people do need to know what You did for us. Jesus, drench our hearts with the cleansing rain of Your love. Root out the hidden rebellion in our hearts, that we may love You totally! Let us find the fire of Your love burning in our hearts!
Then give us the courage to speak out the truth of salvation. Send the inner Holy Spirit to seek out in front of us to point out the ones to contact; keep our minds ever searching for those who need You.