5 Ways You Can Respond in Times of Crisis

By   •   July 28, 2016   •   Topics: , , ,

It can be hard to cope after crisis hits. Here, a chaplain with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team prays with others after tragedy struck their community.

Comfort each other and edify one another.
—1 Thessalonians 5:11

We’re all human. So it makes sense that our hearts often hurt for people impacted by tragedies here and abroad—tragedies that can leave us feeling helpless.

What can we do in response to the violence and destruction around us?

1. Pray Deeply

“Prayer is the Christian’s greatest weapon.” —Billy Graham

As believers, we look up. We seek out God through prayer—and trust in His sovereignty.

Scripture tells us prayer is one of our most powerful resources. But how can you pray more deeply?

When you don’t have any words, or when you feel like you’re beating down God’s door with the same prayer day after day, ask God’s Holy Spirit to help you. The Bible tells us the Holy Spirit is an intercessor for us and cries out to God on our behalf.

2. Immerse Yourself in God’s Word

When you feel as if your very soul hurts from news reports of another shooting, evil act or disaster, how do you find comfort?

There is a place of refuge. The Bible tells us, “Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him” (Proverbs 30:5).

3. Guard Your Heart

“Grief can kill a person emotionally and physically. If not counteracted with God’s strength and power, our personal weakness may debilitate us.” —Billy Graham

Do our minds ever erase graphic images such as horrifying footage from tragic events?

You may have experienced what’s called secondary trauma from viewing video clips and photos on TV and social media. It’s important to recognize how these lasting impressions can affect you, as they can be physically, emotionally and spiritually damaging.

Although Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (RRT) chaplains are trained to offer hope and comfort in times of crisis, they can experience secondary trauma themselves.

4. Care for Others

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” —Galatians 6:2 

It’s important to guard your heart, but you can also support others experiencing secondary trauma—some who may be going through a personal crisis as well.

5. Support Crisis Ministry

“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” —Philippians 2:4

No matter how out of control the world gets, taking action and selflessly serving others can allow God’s perfect peace to fill your heart. If you feel God leading you to help people but can’t be there in person, you can still share hope with others worldwide.

Are you searching for peace in a chaotic world? You can have that peace today.


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  1. dona says:

    Yes friends, whatever crisis we face in our lives, we need to stand for God. In being faithful to God and being true to the relationship that we have with our fellow mates, this is a true action of a Christian.

  2. Cheryl Plumlee says:

    We serve a GREAT GOD. He will never fail us. We must trust and obey and ask for his guidance on how we may serve him and others. “The joy of the Lord is my strength”. Praying for you and all who minister with you.

  3. Omaga christain says:

    Without Jesus we are helpless let turn unto God in prayer for help and deliver in this world of evil so he will save us

  4. Cheryl Ford says:

    Truly we are in bad times but I Know that our GOD is able to see us through any thing I stand on HIS promises. Let us look to HIM, the GREAT I AM.

  5. Marty Hughes says:

    Without God we are truly helpless. Our world is evil and corrupt. It gets worse every year. Hang on and pray diligently to Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Ask him for forgiveness.

  6. Nancy J NOrris says:

    I am always looking for another prayer and looking for my father’s love around me. He is all that sustains me.

  7. Felicia Phillips says:

    You are truly blessed to come from such a Christian family of strong believers of Christ. My prayers are that Jesus continues to use each and every one as his earth angels doing vineyard work.

  8. April says:

    Thank you.

  9. Maola Hayes says:

    Please tell me how to get a DVD and have a night to invite others to give their lives to Christ. It’s done in November around Dr. Graham’s birthday. Thank you.

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Maola,

      Thanks for doing this! Click on the link below for info on how to host a My Hope night and how to get a DVD. There will be a new My Hope film for this fall but it is not available yet. There are several other excellent films you can use now though.

      My Hope With Billy Graham

      – BGEA Staff


    This message has come to me on time.It is extremely relevant to what I am going through!