Dear Father, another killer tsunami has struck Indonesia around Christmas. Over 220,000 people lost their lives in the 2004 event. This tsunami was just as tragic to the friends and loved ones of the 222 people who died yesterday. There are also 28 missing and 843 injured. The 2018 tsunami struck less than a half hour after the eruption of the Anak Krakatau volcano. Father, be merciful and gracious to those who suffer emotionally or physically from this tragedy. Meet people’s needs. Hear their prayers when they call out to You. Get Your church involved in acts of compassion, displaying incredible love in Your name. Comfort those who grieve. Give relief to those in severe pain. Answer the questions of those who are confused and don’t understand what has happened. Call out to those who will listen to You. May they hear Your voice, perhaps for the first time. May Your incredible love make sense to them. May their lives be transformed as You help them grieve, heal, and recover. Amen.
Dear Father, Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford was rushed to the hospital after receiving a serious neck injury today on the second play of the game against Tampa Bay. Witnesses reported seeing Tyrone move his arms and his legs after being placed on the stretcher. Father, extend Your full mercy to Tyrone. Save or restore his ability to function normally. Heal his injury. I ask that people who love You deeply will minister to him even this very hour, causing him to consider aknew Your goodness. I ask that somehow through this experience He will end up with a closer and deeper relationship with You, the God who loves Him so much. Amen.
Dear Father, President Donald Trump has appointed Patrick Shanahan to function as the acting Secretary of Defense beginning January 1, 2019. This comes on the heels of current Secretary James Mattis’ public disagreement with Trump Administration policy and Mattis’ subsequent resignation. Mattis was expected to remain in the position for two more months. Father, give Patrick an abundance of wisdom. Lead him to ask You for insight. Give him strong voices of counsel in his life who encourage him to seek understanding from You. May his term in this position be a blessing to our nation and our soldiers in uniform. I ask that Patrick and the President will be in concert with respect to military policy and that their shared policies will increase justice and rescue the victims of injustice. Amen.