Prayer for Pakistan
- by Lindsay Counsell
- September 9, 2022
Earlier this year, we prayed for the hundreds of thousands of Australians affected by the floodwaters in Queensland and NSW. Many of these were sick, injured or homeless, relying on the generosity of our government, individuals and non-profit initiatives to provide homes, food and medical attention.
Now, 33 million in Pakistan are displaced by floodwaters from unrelenting monsoonal rains. The losses have been devastating. On 29 August, Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority reported that 1,061 people have died and 1,575 have been injured. There has been extensive damage to property with over 990,000 homes destroyed, and significant livelihoods lost with over 2 million acres of orchards and over 700,000 livestock affected. The situation is set to worsen as the spread of disease increases, particularly Malaria and Dengue Fever, as mosquitos thrive in the wet conditions.
Whether in Australia or Pakistan, God remains an eternal “refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46). Please join us to pray for Pakistan, and consider giving to Anglican Aid’s relief fund to enable us to extend critical care to those in need. Share with your families, Bible studies and colleagues, having confidence in approaching God, knowing that “if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us” (1 John 5:14).
Floods wash away soil,
flatten crops, ruin homes.
Drinking water fails,
disease spreads, fear clings,
livelihoods lie buried in mud,
animals and people drown.
How long, O Lord, how long?
Restore the soaked and tattered land.
Relieve the suffering people.
Are you not our strong rock and refuge?
Give courage and hope to your people in Pakistan.
Bless your church in Australia with a generous and compassionate heart.
In your great mercy, make the assurance of Christ’s love and faithfulness known to many,
For your glory.
In His name we pray. Amen.
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