A friend living in Japan passed on these suggestions from OperationSAFE, on how to pray during a disaster. Although they were originally written for the earthquake in Haiti, they are apropos now for Japan.
1. Pray for those in need of rescue that it will come swiftly.
There are many who are in need of miracles. That teams would arrive an hour sooner, that dogs would catch a faint scent amidst the stench of death, that the right piece of concrete would be moved. For all the training and effort that the courageous rescue teams put in, at this point they need miracles more than anything else.
2. Pray for the rescuers – safety, rest, encouragement, in the midst of horror and unrelenting pain.
The job that the rescue teams face is completely overwhelming and they will fail many more times than they will succeed. Rescue teams suffer great personal trauma and often become suicidal months after an event. Pray for these courageous men and women now and after they return.
3. Pray for families that have witnessed the unthinkable, are worried about loved ones, and fearful for their own safety.
Read the full list of suggestions by clicking here; there are eight in total, all excellent.