I woke up this morning to the news of the Continental Connections flight 3407 plane crash in Buffalo and I thought to myself, “Not again.” A few weeks ago, US Airways Flight 1549’s passengers and crew survived a splash down in the Hudson River. Every passenger and crew member was rescued with minimal injuries. But such was not the case with the Continental Connections flight that left Newark on its way to Buffalo, NY. All 49 passengers, the crew, the pilot and the inhabitant of the house the plane crashed into died.
My heart dropped as I watched this and immediately I thought about the millions of people who will have no choice but to board planes to get to their destinations. Including the family members of the deceased that may have to board planes to confirm their loved one was indeed one of the casualties of this tragedy. And it struck me, anytime we board a plane we are entrusting our lives to someone. To some, they believe it’s in the hands of the pilot, but really, it’s all in God’s hand. Now this is not to say that God meant for the plane to go down last night, I don’t know that. But this is my call to those who travel, by air in particular, to gird themselves up with prayer. This is my prayer for air travel:
We thank you for your great creation of aircrafts. The machinery that you helped engineers create through your creative spirit to take your children from point A to point B efficiently.
As people walk down the ramp to board the plane
Let your hand of protection would be upon it
Upon every passenger, making them cool, calm and reserved as the flight crew helps us board this plane in an orderly manner
Upon the flight crew making sure that they take every necessary precaution to secure the cabin and the persons therein
Upon the pilot of the plane who has been given the great task of navigating people from point A to point B at altititudes so high one would think they are closer to you than the ground below
Give the pilot knowledge, wisdom and understanding. Give him or her the discernment so that they may be sensitive to your spirit to know when they should stay and when they should go
Father, allow them to trust your guidance to tell them the most safe and effective route to take on the journey.
It’s a massive undertaking to board a plane and to trust that they will land on dry ground alive and well, but let them trust you with their lives.
Father, from this day forth, be with every man, woman, boy or girl that will board a plane. Displace fear with faith.
Wrap yourself about the wings of the plane, be in the propellers, pour your Spirit all over the plane and make it your co-pilot.
Be the providential God we know you to be henceforth now and forevermore.
In Jesus’ Name,