EXPECT A SHAKING
Prayer can move mountains, stop disasters, and spare lives. It can also stir people’s hearts to be steadfast while planning for the worst.
With the series of earthquakes that have befallen several countries in Asia, the Philippine government is preparing the National Capital Region for a possible 7.2-magnitude earthquake, especially after seeing the aftermath of the 2015 Nepal Earthquake along with the release of a study on the imminent movement of the West and East Valley faults. Government Agencies and Local Government Units in the region are working together for a metro-wide drill to equip citizens for the “Big One”. All hands are on deck in raising awareness to prepare the affected areas for what could probably be the worst calamity to hit the metropolis. With the possibility of disaster, many are also growing anxious. Who wouldn’t worry when thousands of lives are on the line?
God’s Word tells us: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6 ESV). While this instruction seems difficult to follow, prayer and supplication are essential parts of preparation especially while bracing oneself for a catastrophe. For such a time as this, our prayers should be bold—enforcing the will of God over all aspects of our lives. We should begin to treat prayer as our lifeline (it really is, though), our chance to communicate and present our requests to the God who created the world we are so worried about.
Our prayers should fully acknowledge that God’s ways are higher than ours.
To me, praying boldly means continuously surrendering one’s life to Jesus Christ. If our lives are in His hands, we have to be truly convinced in believing that He will never leave us nor forsake us. When we pray with confidence, the Holy Spirit causes us to hear His voice and know His will even in times of great danger. In the midst of all the anxiety and trouble, He promises us His peace that surpasses all understanding, guarding our hearts and minds (Philippians 4:7). Disasters, calamities, and other heartbreaking events will come in this lifetime but if we do our best to prepare ourselves in all aspects, the Lord will prove to us that He is mighty to save. When our prayer stands on the Lord’s goodness and protection in our lives, our faith becomes stronger.
However, faith without works is dead (James 2:17). It is not enough to just pray the earthquake away. Physical preparation and alertness are also necessary. With all these preparations, our hearts learn to experience peace in the process. As we expect the Lord to deliver us from impending danger, He will also reveal to us what we must do in the present. Noah, during his time, followed the Lord’s instruction to the letter when he built the ark. He knew that the Lord was powerful enough to save him from such a calamity. But he also knew that he needed to move by faith even if it meant being alone in the process, suffering ridicule and skepticism from the people around him. When the great flood came, he was spared along with his family and the other creatures.
Instead of being fearful and passive, let us do what the Bible says in Colossians 4:2: “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” As we pray and stand on His promises, may our preparations prove that our lives are in His control.
Writer’s Bio: Jev, 26, is currently working for an NGO in Quezon City. In the past she worked as a teacher, web and textbook writer. She is passionate about music and literature. URL/Website: http://jinjjajev.tumblr.com