Prayers for Morocco
A 6.8-magnitude quake struck late on September 8, 2023. It was the strongest to hit the region in a century and centered near the ancient city of Marrakech. We offer prayers for our siblings in Morocco.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, God’s mercies never come to an end they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.Lamentations 3:22-23
Caring and loving God, we come to you in this time of tragedy to seek your embrace of our siblings in Morocco who are in pain. The people of Morocco are beginning to come to terms with the severe losses – death, injury, and destruction – wrought by this weekend’s earthquake. In their time of pain, disruption, and uncertainty, we ask you, O God, to offer them mercy.
As the number of victims continues to rise, and as the extent of the destruction continues to be made known, we know that lives have changed in an instant. We pray, O God, for your presence and compassion.
We particularly lift up to you the family of the Evangelical Church in Morocco – our partner – and for its presence and witness in seeking interfaith cooperation and harmony and for the many people the church serves in the country. We pray, O God, that the church, and other places of worship, be a place of comfort for those who seek it.
We offer prayers, too, for the first responders, the medical professionals, the rescue workers, and for those who volunteered to offer a helping hand. We pray, O God, that you grant them strength and courage in the hours and days to come.
God, upon you we rely, and to you we turn. You do not waver, and you do not abandon. Be with the people of Morocco in these days and the weeks ahead as they face the tragedy of loss, and begin to rebuild their lives. In your mercy, hear our prayer. Amen.