Prayer For Volcanic Eruption

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plume of ash, steam and pebbles filled the sky near Manila, Philippines on Sunday as Taal, one of the world’s smallest active volcanoes, erupted. According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), the cloud of gas and ash shot 10 to 15 kilometers in the air as the eruption began.  Reports show that light to mud-thick ash has been falling over towns and cities several kilometers away from the volcano. Authorities have issued a “total evacuation” order for people living around Taal and near Manila, the country’s capital. So far, around 300,000 people have been evacuated from their homes, including 6,000 villagers who live on an island in the middle of the lake the volcano sits on. -Excerpted from, written by Kayla Koslosky.


A Prayer for the Volcanic Eruption in the Philippines 

Dear Lord, 

Thank you that You are sovereign over all creation. You know when lightning will strike, when floodwaters will rise, and when volcanoes will erupt. You are able to still the wind and the waves; they obey your command. But because our earth is fallen and flawed, and for reasons we do not always understand, natural disasters are allowed to happen – disasters that sometimes cause injury and devastation. Your Word tells us that no matter what our circumstances are we can take both big and small things to You in prayer and that You will hear us. Lord, we thank You that no one has been killed from the volcanic eruption in the Philippines and we pray it stays that way. Please keep those in the Philippines safe during this time of uncertainty. 

Thank you for the rescue of the 6,000 villagers who lived on the lake surrounding the volcano; thank you for the safe evacuation of 300,000 people from the danger zone surrounding Manila and the volcano known as Taal. We pray that You might ease anxiety from the people who just transported their lives not knowing when they’ll be able to go back home or return to work. We pray for the government of the Philippines that they might seek wise counsel and come together to form a plan to help those who have been displaced. Thank You that they are acting quickly to prevent the least amount of damage possible. 

We pray that communities big and small in the Philippines would come together to care for one another and help wherever it is needed. We pray for those traveling that they would be able to get home, and we pray that transportation would be able to continue in a safe way. May glory be given to You in the Philippines despite what is happening, may they seek You for peace and comfort and wisdom every day. May Your name be shared among the communities there, may those looking for answers and reassurance find it in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

God, we also pray that this volcanic eruption would cease quickly so that people would be able to return to their homes and jobs. You are able to work all things together for Your glory Lord, may Your will be done. In the name of Your precious Son, Jesus, Amen.

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