Dear Father, it has been reported that the village of Oymyakon in Sakha, Russia is the coldest inhabited place on Earth. I have read that their village has often dipped below freezing in September and does not warm until May. Father, since this village of 500 people was mentioned in the news, I bring them before you today. Father, be compassionate, generous, kind, and merciful to each member of that community today. Provide for them whatever they need. Protect them from harm. Answer their prayers. Lead each citizen into a personal relationship with You. May this village soon become known as a village that spiritually on fire for You. In the meantime, I ask You to help them stay warm throughout the winter of 2017-2018. Amen.
Dear Father, according to Weather.com, there is a location in every state in the country, except for Florida, where the temperature is near or below freezing. From the Carolinas all the way up to Montana millions of people are challenged by temperatures below zero or in the single digits. Father, it is on a day like today that we thank You for shelter. We thank You for insulation and heat. We thank You for roofs and walls that protect us from the wind. We thank You for blankets, wood stooves, and warm clothes. We thank You for hot foods and warm beverages. However, at a time like this, we must remember the homeless. Father, please give every homeless person a warm place to sleep during this cold spell. Move people to compassion and generosity. I also pray that You will do more than to simply give the homeless a shelter. Give them divine appointments in the shelters, connections with people or programs that will change their lives. Father, we thank You today for summer. Amen.
Dear Father, in my day I was a fan of such bands as the Beatles, Yes, Supertramp, Led Zeppelin, Genesis, Alan Parsons Project, Pink Floyd, The Who, and U2. As a man in my late 50s, my enthusiasm for their music has certainly diminished. However, their songs continue to bring back pleasant memories from my past when I hear them. Father, a little surfing of YouTube yesterday led me to reports of the broken relationships in many of the most famous rock bands. This rock star hates that rock star. This musician no longer talks to that musician. I read accounts of the hedonistic lifestyles many of these rock stars have led. Imagine, in my naiive and rebellious adolescence I too wanted to get involved in the business. Thank God I didn’t. I do not envy their wealth or their lifestyles. However, You are a God of love. You are a God of compassion, mercy, and grace. Everyone of the rock stars and their roadies, their management, their assistants, their producers, their recording engineers, and their studio musicians were created by You in love. You know them by name and You know their thoughts and feelings. You know what they need. Father, here is the list of the members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as of today. I ask that You will bring to faith in You at least one person who is or was associated with each of the following acts. Transform their hearts and give them a powerful testimony that touches lives in this industry. Rescue people from drugs and alcohol. Fill their emptiness and loneliness with a personal relationship with You. May their search for meaning lead them to the real God of creation. Do an amazing act of transformation with at least one person associated with each of the following names. Amen.
Abba, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Ahmet Ertegun, Al Green, Alan Freed, Albert King, Alice Cooper, Allen Toussaint, Andrew Loog Oldham, Aretha Franklin, Art Rupe, B.B. King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, Beastie Boys, Benny Benjamin, Berry Gordy Jr, Bert Berns, Bessie Smith, Big Joe Turner, Bill Black, Bill Graham, Bill Haley, Bill Monroe, Bill Withers, Billie Holiday, Billy Joel, Black Sabbath, Blondie, Bo Diddley, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, Bob Seger, Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Bobby Darin, Bobby Womack, Bon Jovi, Bonnie Raitt, Booker T. and the M.G.’s, Brenda Lee, Brian Epstein, Bruce Springsteen, Buddy Guy, Buddy Holly, Buffalo Springfield, Carl Perkins, Cat Stevens, Charles Brown, Charlie Christian, Cheap Trick, Chet Atkins, Chicago, Chris Blackwell, Chuck Berry, Clive Davis, Clyde McPhatter, Cosimo Matassa, Cream, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Curtis Mayfield, D.J. Fontana, Darlene Love, Dave Bartholomew, David Bowie, David Geffen, Deep Purple, Del Shannon, Dick Clark, Dinah Washington, Dion, Dire Straits, Doc Pomus, Don Kirshner, Donna Summer, Donovan, Dr. John, Duane Eddy, Dusty Springfield, Eagles, Earl Palmer, Earth, Wind & Fire, Eddie Cochran, Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry, Elmore James, ELO, Elton John, Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Elvis Presley, Eric Clapton, Etta James, Fats Domino, Fleetwood Mac, Floyd Cramer, Frank Barsalona, Frank Zappa, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, Freddie King, Gene Pitney, Gene Vincent, Genesis, George Harrison, George Martin, Gerry Goffin and Carole King, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Glyn Johns, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Green Day, Guns n’ Roses, Hal Blaine, Hall and Oates, Hank Ballard, Hank Williams, Heart, Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, Holland, Dozier and Holland, Howlin Wolf, Ike and Tina Turner, Isaac Hayes, Jac Holzman, Jackie Wilson, Jackson 5, Jackson Browne, James Brown, James Burton, James Jamerson, James Taylor, Janis Joplin, Jann S. Wenner, Jeff Beck, Jefferson Airplane, Jelly Roll Morton, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Jerry Wexler, Jesse Stone, Jim Stewart, Jimmie Rodgers, Jimmy Cliff, Jimmy Reed, Jimmy Yancey, Joan Baez, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, John Hammond, John Lee Hooker, John Lennon, John Mellencamp, Johnnie Johnson, Johnny Cash, Johnny Otis, Joni Mitchell, Journey, Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff, King Curtis, KISS, Laura Nyro, Lavern Baker, Lead Belly, Led Zeppelin, Leo Fender, Leon Russell, Leonard Chess, Leonard Cohen, Les Paul, Linda Ronstadt, Little Anthony & the Imperials, Little Richard, Little Walter, Little Willie John, Lloyd Price, Lou Adler, Lou Reed, Louis Armstrong, Louis Jordan, Lovin’ Spoonful, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ma Rainey, Madonna, Mahalia Jackson, Martha and the Vandellas, Marvin Gaye, Metallica, Michael Jackson, Miles Davis, Milt Gabler, Mo Ostin, Mort Shuman, Muddy Waters, N.W.A, Nat “King” Cole, Neil Diamond, Neil Young, Nesuhi Ertegun, Nile Rodgers, Nina Simone, Nirvana, Otis Blackwell, Otis Redding, Parliament Funkadelic, Patti Smith, Paul Ackerman, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Pearl Jam, Percy Sledge, Pete Seeger, Peter Gabriel, Phil Spector, Pink Floyd, Prince, Professor Longhair, Public Enemy, Queen, Quincy Jones, R.E.M., Ralph Bass, Ramones, Randy Newman, Ray Charles, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ricky Nelson, Righteous Brothers, Ringo Starr, Ritchie Valens, Robert Johnson, Rock Stars, Rod Stewart, Roy Orbison, Run-D.M.C., Rush, Ruth Brown, Sam and Dave, Sam Cooke, Sam Phillips, Santana, Scotty Moore, Sex Pistols, Seymour Stein, Simon And Garfunkel, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Sly and the Family Stone, Smokey Robinson, Solomon Burke, Spooner Oldham, Steely Dan, Steve Douglas, Steve Miller, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Stevie Wonder, Syd Nathan, Talking Heads, T-Bone Walker, The “5” Royales, The (Young) Rascals, The Allman Brothers Band, The Animals, The Band, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Bee Gees, The Blue Caps, The Byrds, The Cars, The Clash, The Coasters, The Comets, The Crickets, The Dave Clark Five, The Dells, The Doors, The Drifters, The E Street Band, The Everly Brothers, The Famous Flames, The Flamingos, The Four Seasons, The Four Tops, The Grateful Dead, The Hollies, The Impressions, The Ink Spots, The Isley Brothers, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Kinks, The Mamas and the Papas, The Midnighters, The Miracles, The Moody Blues, The Moonglows, The O’Jays, The Orioles, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The Platters, The Police, The Pretenders, The Rolling Stones, The Ronettes, The Shirelles, The Small Faces/Faces, The Soul Stirrers, The Staple Singers, The Stooges, The Supremes, The Temptations, The Velvet Underground, The Ventures, The Who, The Yardbirds, Tom Donahue, Tom Dowd, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Tom Waits, Traffic, Tupac Shakur, U2, Van Halen, Van Morrison, Wanda Jackson, Willie Dixon, Wilson Pickett, Woody Guthrie, Yes, ZZ Top
Dear Father, ISIS has claimed responsibility for an attack on a news agency and a Shiite cultural center. 41 are dead and 84 are wounded. Many of the victims were students discussing the 1979 invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union. Apparently quite a few suicide attackers were involved in this latest act of terrorism. ISIS had vowed earlier in the year to attack those they felt were responsible for an attack on the Iraqi Embassy in Kabul. Father, I pray for those who were injured. Save their lives. Ease their physical pain and their emotional trauma. Restore them to health. I pray for those who mourn the loss of a loved one. Comfort them. Make Your love quite evident to them as they grieve. Father, I ask that lives will be transformed as a result of thiss tragedy, that You will turn evil into something good as those impacted by this attack discover peace and joy in a personal relationship with You. Amen
Dear Father, apparently four people were killed in a gruesome homicide in Troy, NY the day after Christmas. The bodies of a lesbian couple and two young children were found in their basement aparment by the property manager. Police Chief John Tedesco described a scene of savagery that he has never encountered in his 43 years on the police force. The killer has yet to be identified and is presumed on the loose. Father, I pray for Your mercy today on any loved ones of those whose lives were lost. May they experience Your comfort and love in a life transforming way. Father, I also pray for the police and all who had to see the crime scene. It sounds like an experience that will leave them shaken for a long time. I pray for their full emotional recovery. I also pray that the police will find the individual(s) who committed this crime. Bring them to justice and bring them to remorse, confession, repentance, and forgiveness. Amen