Here are some quick tips:
- You are not God - Don't try to answer questions only He can answer. It's OK to say, "I don't know." If the person you're ministering to is really focused on the questions of why God let this happen; it is OK to say, "If you'd like, when I pray for you, I'll ask Him that question for you."
- You are not their judge - Pray for them with grace and love regardless of their spiritual condition.
- You are not their counselor - Friends and helpers are much more appreciated in times of tragedy than people giving advice.
- You are a New Testament priest - You have the God given right to go into the presence of the Father on behalf of anybody in any circumstance. Ask them, "How can I pray for you?" Listen to their answer and then voice their need in prayer.
- See chapter 9 in Prayer Guide - A Manual for Leading Prayer. It's a whole chapter on praying in times of tragedy.
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