Dear Father, there was another bombing yesterday in Austin, TX. Two men in their 20s were seriously injured. This is the fourth reported bombing in the city in recent weeks. The first three bombs involved packages placed onto the front porches of residents. It has been reported that yesterday’s bomb may have been on the sidewalk. Two African-American men have been killed and an older Hispanic woman was seriously injured in the first three bombings. The crimes are being investigated by the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Authorities have appealed for the bomber to turn themselves in. A reward has been offered for any tips that lead to the capture of the person(s) responsible for the bombings. Father, I ask that You intervene even this very hour. Give the police a key break in the case that leads to the arrest of the bomber(s). Lead the bomber(s) to guilt and remorse and lead them to turn themselves in to authorities. I ask that the bomber(s) make a critical mistake which leads to their capture. Father, please comfort the families and friends of those who lost their lives or who were seriously injured by the bombings. I ask that this experience will lead them to a deeper and more fulfilling relationship with You. Transform their hearts and minds. Create testimonies of Your goodness in this crisis that will inspires others to place their faith in You. Father, help the injured to heal physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Turn this evil into something really good. Amen.
Dear Father, Vladimir Putin has won re-election as President of the Russian Federation by winning an astonishing 76.7% of the vote. At the conclusion of his new 6 year term, Putin will have served in this position for twenty years. Experts have reported that Vladimir’s goal is to increase the power of the Russian Federation so that it becomes similar to the power of the former Soviet Union. His platform is one of conservative nationalism. This victory has been tainted by accusations of voter fraud. Surveillance cameras in multiple polling places give evidence that ballot boxes were stuffed with votes. His most serious rival, Alexei Navalny, was barred from the election. There is evidence of people voting more than once. The election tampering follows accusations that Putin’s administration has a record of significant human rights violations. These violations include restrictions on free speech and assembly, passing legislation assuring the State Duma party will always have a majority in the legislature, prosecuting human rights activists, gaining access to cell phone data, ethnic discrimination, and the abuse of disabled patients. Father, I pray for Vladimir today. You created him. You desire a personal relationship with him. Regardless of his global power, he has limitations, weaknesses, insecurities, and anxieties. He needs You just like everyone else does. Father, You are the God of the impossible. Lead Vladimir Putin to place his faith in Jesus Christ. Orchestrate events in his life that lead to his salvation. I ask that godly men and women, even in this atheistic nation, will have influence in his administration. Father, make him Your servant and may he take the actions in office that are in accordance with Your will. Father, I ask for justice for those whose rights are abused in Russia. Despite the course Russia is currently on, I pray for a reversal and that the brightest days of democracy in Russia will be in the future. Most importantly, I ask that the actions of the Putin administration will advance Your church in Russia, leading many to place their faith in You. Amen.
Dear Father, 38-year-old Yann Arnaud died during a Tampa, FL performance of the Cirque du Soleil. Yann, a 15-year veteran of the “Circus of the Sun”, lost his grip on a wire while executing a new routine and fell an estimated twelve feet to the stage in front of a live audience. He leaves behind his wife and two children. The Canadian circus has performed all over the world before an estimated annual audience of 90 million people. The circus, a blend of traditional circus and theater without performing animals, earns an estimated $ 810 million per year. Father, I ask for Your mercy and grace today on Yann’s wife and two children. Surround them with Your compassion, kindness, mercy, and generosity. Meet their every need. Walk with them through the grief and lead them to emotional and spiritual healing. I pray at least one of his surviving family members will become passionate about ministry in Your name. I also pray that You will use the trauma of this tragic fall, witnessed by co-workers and members of the audience, to lead many to contemplate life and death and their need for a personal relationship with God. Turn this horrible event into something good, something that brings hope to others. Amen.
Dear Father, Janice Dean is a 47-year-old Canadian meteorologist who has become famous by her appearances on the Fox News channel. She has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), the disease where the body’s immune system attacks the protective coating surrounding nerves in the brain and in the spine. The damage can result in numbness and weakness in the limbs, loss of vision, tingling or pain, electric shock sensations, tremors, slurred speech, fatigue, dizziness, and loss of control of the bowel and bladder. Many patients end up confined to wheel chairs. There is no treatment for the disease, only expensive medication, with known side effects, to help patients tolerate the symptoms. Janice is said to have a version of MS where the symptoms will flare up for a period of time and then there is remission and a time where the patient is symptom-free. Father, I lift up Janice to You today. Give her physical and emotional strength. I do ask for her full and total healing. If that is not in Your will, I ask that her disease will be most manageable and that she can function normally for years to come. I applaud her for sharing her diagnosis with the public with transparency so that she can be a spokeswoman for other patients. Lead her into a deep personal relationship with You. May she find comfort in the study of Your Word, in prayer, and in fellowship with believers in Jesus Christ. Transform her heart and mind. Give her such a powerful testimony that other MS patients place their faith in You. Father, give medical researchers a breakthrough and introduce to all of us a new treatment that stops the progress of the disease and restores the body to full health. Amen.