"the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace." Numbers 6:26
This week as we pray for President Obama, he is getting ready to travel to Prague, Russia. He will travel there this evening with his top advisers in order to discuss nuclear arms with world leaders. This is one of those meetings that just needs to be laced with Godly wisdom... with some countries scrambling to develop nuclear arms programs, the U.S., Russia, and other countries need to be wise in how they reduce the world stockpile of these deadly weapons. May God give all these leaders understanding and wisdom- both for how they need to reduce stockpiles in their own country, and also wisdom in dealing with these troublesome nations trying to rise up as nuclear powers.
This morning I also feel the need to pray for the people of Indonesia, Sumatra, and the other island nations affected by an earthquake early this morning. The first reports don't appear to have devastating news, but I imagine there will be some casualties- may God give those people peace and comfort in this time. And may He grant peace to the people in that region- may they not feel fear from the earth shaking them this morning, and may they feel the arms of their loving Father surrounding them as they go about their day. May God continue to show mercy to the people of and around the Pacific Rim, while these tremors and earthquakes continue. Where the earth shakes, His glory will follow, and those are the reports I'm looking forward to hearing about.
While we're praying for peace this morning, my attention is turning to the state of West Virginia, specifically, Montcoal. Monday a coal mine in the region experienced a horrific explosion, killing 25, injuring 2, and leaving 4 miners missing. May God's peace flood that town and the surrounding areas. May He bring peace and comfort to the families who have lost their loved ones, and may He flood the waiting families with abundant peace as well. I am praying this morning for those four miners, may God supernaturally fill them with the energy and the oxygen they need to survive until rescue crews can get to them. God can provide the miracle that the community is hoping for... I pray that He works in a mighty way. May the Lord turn His face toward them and breathe peace onto the whole area, and let them know just how much He loves them.