Dear Father, Samantha Bee, 48, is a media celebrity. She is a writer, producer, political pundit, actress, comedian, and television host. Time named her to the 100 Most Influential People in the World list in 2017. She left Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show in March 2015, after 12 years, to start her own political satire television show called Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. The wife and mother of three has been a supporter of Planned Parenthood and her political commentary is liberal and progressive. She is is the news today because of a vulgar slur she spoke about Ivanka Trump on her show’s monologue Wednesday night. It has been reported that she was angry with a photo of Ivanka hugging her son while at the same time the Office of Refugee Resettlement announced it had lost track of 1,500 immigrant children. Samantha’s comment has been criticized by many and resulted in two advertisers leaving her show. She subsequently apologized for her comment. Father, You created Samantha Bee and You love her deeply. You desire a personal relationship with her. Father, it has been reported that she has admitted to having a dysfunctional family growing up. We ask for her complete emotional and spiritual healing from that traumatic experience. Work in her life in such a way that she comes to the moment when her heart and mind know it is right for her to place her faith in You. May there be a day when she desires to surrender her life to You and to serve You. Transform her heart and mind and shower Your blessings on her. May Samantha one day become an inspiring testimony of the power of God’s love working in people’s lives. In the meantime, give her everything she needs and may she know for certain that the blessings in her life are from You. Amen.
Dear Father, Franklin Graham, the President of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse, is in the news because of his call for Christians throughout America to get involved in politics. Graham, who is on an evangelistic crusade in California, expressed his concern that the only way for believers to stop the assault on Christianity in America is for believers to vote and run for political office. Graham believes our nation needs godly people in government to turn our nation around. Father, I believe that is not the most effective recipe for revival in America. Instead, revival will come when believers commit to the following. First, they need to surrender their lives to You. Christians who continue to rebel from You will only make matters worse if they get involved in politics. Second, believers need to share their testimonies of how Jesus Christ rescued them. The power of God is demonstrated through the stories of changed and transformed lives. Third, believers need to volunteer with local charities and demonstrate Christ’s love for people in crisis. True revival in America cannot come through politics. It can only come through the church being committed to love others in Your name. Father, thank You for the example of compassion and mercy that Franklin Graham shows us through the Samaritan’s Purse organization. May every believer be a good citizen and vote responsibly in each election. Raise up men and women to run for office. However, I ask that You transform American culture by a wave of Christians sharing their stories while they serve their neighbors in need. Amen.
Dear Father, Brenda Villasin, 24, a resident of Florida, dropped her 9-month-old daughter, Liana, at a relative’s house before she went to work. Hours later, she was contacted by police and informed that there had been an accident and she needed to rush home. One of the relative’s pit bulls had killed the infant while the girl was in her child seat. Father, the pain this mother, and her friends and relatives, must be feeling today is beyond comprehension. I ask that You rush to her side and comfort her. Give her hope. Give her understanding. Walk with her. Listen to her. Hear her prayers. Show her kindness through the love of many godly men and women. Heal her emotionally and spiritually. I pray for the relative who was babysitting the child. That relative needs Your mercy and kindness as well. Father, provide everything this family needs for the funeral. May there one day be amazing testimonies of Your grace that come out of this tragedy. Amen.
Dear Father, it has been reported that parents across America are turning more and more to homeschooling as a viable alternative to public school. Parents are concerned about school shootings, bullying, the poor quality of education, peer pressure, and the liberal agenda propagated in public schools. It is estimated that there are over 2 million children currently being home schooled and that number is expected to increase significantly. Father, use the surge in homeschooling to Your advantage and for Your purposes. Protect the children of godly parents from the spiritual and physical dangers of public education by the success of their homeschooling. Give the parents expertise as educators. Enable the children to learn and to do well in their schoolwork. Help the parents to teach their children the right values and beliefs. Provide the students with strong family structures so their home is a safe emotional space to learn. However, our public schools are also mission fields. Our public schools need students who are strong in their faith. Our public schools need the testimony and the acts of kindness of young men and women who are grounded in their faith in You. Therefore, Father, leave in our public schools those students who will truly honor You by the way they conduct themselves at school. However, give the students who need a safeplace to learn the alternative of the home school experience. Amen.