Did you know that 370,000 people lost power in Washington State last week? The wind ripped across the northwestern part of the state, registering at 71 mph (miles per hour—a new record) in Spokane before the recording instruments were destroyed by the wind! In the mountains the wind was rated as high as 116 mph. My son Jon saw 12 trees that had smashed into houses just on his 1.5 mile walk to the Moody campus Tuesday morning, although the school had to close due to the power outage.
Although here in Michigan, Alan and I never heard anything until it was nearly over, our kids (Jon and Linda) who live in the area had really been heavy on my heart, so I’d been praying a lot for them…never realizing they were actually in danger! Thankfully, they now have power and can communicate, but it made me realize that when we’re feeling a special urgency to pray for someone(s), it’s probably not just our imagination but the Holy Spirit’s prompting.
There are still as many as 50,000 people out of power, and they’re saying the problems might not be fixed until Thanksgiving, so if you’re the praying type, would you please join me in praying for those who are in need? Linda said the temperature got down to 40° inside their home and was under 20° outside, so it will become a matter of life and death for those who have no power and don’t find shelter.
Simultaneously, there has been a tremendous movement of the Holy Spirit in Spokane this fall, with prayer meetings lasting hours and attended by as many as 60 pastors and church leaders…some continuing even last week lit by candle light despite freezing cold temperatures. Jon feels like God is really calling out people to pray for revival, and it seems to be starting in Spokane.
America needs revival desperately (and perhaps other countries too)! It you’re the praying type, will you join us in praying for revival? “Living without electricity is scary, especially when you’ve got little ones to care for and it is bitterly cold out.” Living without light and power spiritually is even scarier. It’s a matter of eternal life and death for our souls. Will you pray with us?
“For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm” (Isaiah 25:4).
(Speaking of power outages, my computers and bank of treasured photos are at the Apple store for the next 5-7 days, so until I can figure out how to access some pictures, my blogs may lack much in the way of graphic design! Sorry. 😦 )