Call to Prayer for the Philippines

November 11, 2013

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) deeply grieves the devastation and loss in the Republic of the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan (also known as Typhoon Yolanda). The denomination is actively responding through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and its partners, and also is calling for prayer.

Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,
     your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
     your judgments are like the great deep;
     you save humans and animals alike, O Lord.
How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
     All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house,
     and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
     in your light we see light. (Ps. 36:5–9 [NRSV])

God our Lord
Diyos ang aming Panginoon
Thiên Chúa, Chúa chúng ta (Vietnamese)
Shàngdì wǒmen de zhǔ (Mandarin)

The Creator of the world, the stiller of storms, our shelter and our strength:
We turn to You in this dire hour, of massive devastation and death.
Interceding for your people in the Philippines and in other parts of Southeast Asia,
Joining our hearts, our prayers, and our cries with theirs.
Hear us, dear God! We plead to You. See the suffering. Feel the tears. Come to Your
     people in a way that only You can, God of mercy and grace.
Be the shelter for the thousands whose homes have now become debris or washed with
     the waters;
Be the healer for the wounded;
Be the comforter for many who weep, for the many who sift through the trees, who
     wonder, “Where is my loved one? Why us?”
Feel the pain, dear Lord, because You know our inward parts, the heart and soul of Your
     people beat with anguish that You alone can bear, that You alone can hold in the
     shadow of your wings.


  • the farmers whose crops are now destroyed;
  • the fishermen whose boats have become parts of the seas;
  • the villagers whose homes are no more;
  • those who await to be rescued.

Lord our God, be the Savior of us all.
God, the fountain of life and the light of light,
Fill Your people with hope in these times of despair.
Be the light in what will be a long journey in darkness.


  • rescue and relief workers, with determination and courage;
  • doctors and nurses, who tend to the injured, who grow tired and wearied with overwhelming numbers and scarce resources.

Lord our God, be the Strength when Your people are weakened and worn.


  • food to the hundreds of thousands who are hungry;
  • water to the thirsty;
  • medicine to those who need healing;
  • hope to the hopeless.

Lord our God, be the Provider of Your people’s needs according to Your riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:19)

Summon the prayers, mobilize compassion, prompt the action of all of your people here and around the world, with what You provide.

Lord, in Your mercies, hear our prayers.
Lord Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord Spirit, grant us Your peace.


Neal Presa
Moderator of the 220th General Assembly (2012)

Gradye Parsons,
Stated Clerk of the General Assembly

Linda Bryant Valentine,
Executive Director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency

필리핀을 위한 기도요청

Un llamado a orar por las Filipinas

  1. God heard the prayers of the righteous. Thank you. I am a Fil-Am and connected with the Presbyterian Church of the Philippines (see Been a member of Glendale Pres. Church in CA. I appeal on behalf of Presbyterian Church of the Phils. to help rebuild the church buildings destroyed by "Yolanda." Thank you.

    by Joy Jimena-Palmer

    December 8, 2013

  2. Your prayers and help are powerful witnesses to God's compassion and love. Thank you in behalf of the Filipino-American community here in the US. We are Calvary Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, CA., a Fil-Am church. Some members of our church still has no word about their relatives in Tacloban and in the typhoon stricken areas. We are currently raising funds to send home. Thank you in being in solidarity with us in prayer and rescue.

    by Emmanuel Orendain

    November 14, 2013

  3. Thank you for a perfect prayer that articulates the anguish and calls to mind God's mercy in just the right balance, with a call to action tucked in for good measure. I love it and will use it with my congregation this Sunday.

    by Ruth Boling

    November 14, 2013

  4. Having been a survivor of Cyclone David off the coast of Australia in 1982, one cannot begin to imagine the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan. May this prayer bring hope and renewal to a most courageous and faithful people.

    by Allen Rabert

    November 13, 2013

  5. I, too, am proud to be a part of this denomination. May we be the ways God helps in this awful time of devastation and loss.

    by Sally Heltzel Pearsall

    November 13, 2013

  6. Daily Praying this pray that God will provide : HOPE, STRENGTH, LOVE, SHELTER, FOOD, AND ALL THEIR NEEDS. GOD BLESSINGS TO ALL .

    by Amanda Green

    November 13, 2013

  7. I am joining you in prayer as we summons the mercy of the Almighty God to these hurting souls. May their hearts be filled will hope in these dark hours.

    by Linda L. Parker

    November 13, 2013

  8. A beautiful prayer! A friend has relatives in the badly hit area. I will share this with her.

    by Patricia Mena

    November 12, 2013

  9. In times of such huge need, it's good to be part of a connectional denomination ready, able and moving to respond!

    by Kay Campbell

    November 11, 2013

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