Oh Heavenly Father, we praise your holy name for you are our all-knowing God, and in this trying times, you are our healer and provider.
We pray for all the victims of the calamities: typhoons, earthquakes, armed conflict that have befallen us.
For the survivors, we pray that you give them strength to overcome the trauma of their experiences and the hope that despite what they’re going through, they have a loving Father who will heal all their wounds; for those who are still missing, we pray for safety and that they may be found soonest if only to bring peace of mind and joy to their loved ones; and for those who perished, we pray that you welcome them in your heavenly home and embrace and cradle them with your loving arms.
For our public officials, rescuers, donors, volunteers, private institutions and individuals who have given their time, talents and service, we pray for patience, strength and resilience as they facilitate all efforts to bring relief and for the rehabilitation of all affected areas.
For our country, Lord we have already suffered so much from all these devastation and divisions in our government and people. We pray for healing as a nation; we pray for strength in body and spirit, we pray that we rise above all these challenges because our God is mightier than any storm.
For every Filipino, we pray, strengthen our faith; use us as instrument in building a better country starting with our families and communities.
Help us realize that despite all these trials, we are still blessed more than what we deserve because we have a loving Father who will never leave us even at the darkest moments of our lives.
We feel you Lord in the overwhelming response when we cried for help from our fellow Filipinos here and elsewhere around the world.
We feel you in the children who have donated their piggy banks and from the lady soldiers who have donated their breast milk to feed motherless babies in rescue centers.
We feel you in the tourists who, instead of enjoying their holidays in this beautiful country, have helped in the repacking of goods in relief centers.
We feel you in the outpouring of prayers from our brothers and sisters from all over the world.
We feel you in the soldiers and policemen who are ready to risk their lives just to put law and order in the devastated areas.
We feel you in the good people in our government who have slept very little since the typhoon hit because they have to coordinate aid efforts; fix roads; assess the damage, restore order, and channel goods and services to where they are needed most.
We feel you in the media people who have braved the storm even if it meant endangering their own lives just to bring us news and updates.
We feel you in the inspiring stories of compassion and heroism from survivors despite their tragic loss and even if a few have become wayward.
We feel you in social media where we were able to trace most of our relatives and friends.
We feel you in the tremendous generosity of several world leaders in pouring in all kinds of assistance, be it in cash, in kind, in pledges or in humanitarian services, both in medical and military aid.
We feel you in the Philippines’ negotiation team to this year’s UN Climate Talks in Warsaw, which pleads with the global community to wake up to the effects of climate change and take preventative action, while there is still time.
For all of these blessings and many more, we thank you Lord for your Omnipresence in our journey as a people and as a nation.
These things we pray in the mighty name of Jesus, Amen.