Dear Father, it has been reported that a Pennsylvania man has been arrested for killing the woman who declined his marriage proposal. Isn’t the act of proposing marriage the epitome of “love” for another person? A man gets on his knees and pledges his lifelong love, care, devotion, and faithfulness to a woman. He pledges that he will provide for her and protect her. How is it that when she says “no” the man kills her in a rage? Father, the answer is that the man’s proposal was never about love. It was about his own needs being met. He saw a marriage with the woman as a means to get what he felt he needed in life. Her rejection was perceived by the killer as a cruel deprivation of his needs. Father, love is kind. Love is patient. Love is compassionate. Love is gentle. Love is faithful. Love is merciful. Love is generous. Love is full of grace. Love loves even when it is not loved back. Love is unconditional. Genuine love will never lash out at a person. Father, there are millions of relationships in America where true love is absent. The people think they are “in love” but they are, truth be told, merely excited that someone is meeting their needs for the present. The moment their “love” stops meeting their needs, their “love” will be hated. Father, I ask that You work in thousands of couples across America this very day. Dating. Engaged. Married. May both of the people involved surrender their lives to You. May they walk with You. May the Holy Spirit begin to transform their hearts and minds. May they begin to truly love their mate. When they do, there will be assuredly no violence. Father, I ask for Your mercy on this man. May He come to faith in Jesus Christ as he walks through the court and correctional systems. Amen.
Dear Father, today is election day. I ask that Your will be done in the gubernatorial and legislative elections in Virginia and New Jersey. I ask that Your will be done through the voters in California’s 34th congressional district, Georgia’s 6th congressional district, Montana’s at-large congressional district, South Carolina’s 5th congressional district, and Utah’s 3rd congressional district. I pray for Your will to be done today as mayors are elected in Abuquerque, Atlanta, Atlantic City, Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Hoboken, Jersey City, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Rochester, St. Paul, St. Petersburg, and Seattle. I pray for Your will to be done in local elections in every state. Father, use the voting today to advance whatever plans You have for America. I ask that knowing full well that Your primary agent of change is the church. Father, may believers in Jesus Christ across the country feel the call today to begin to share their faith and serve the needy in their local communities. Amen.
Dear Father, I ask for Your blessings today on Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Anthony M. Kennedy, John G. Roberts, Jr., Clarence Thomas, Stephen G. Breyer, Elena Kagan, Samuel A. Alito, Jr., Sonia Sotomayor, and Neil M. Gorsuch. Protect them from harm. Provide for their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Soften their hearts, where necessary, so they cry out to You for wisdom and understanding. May they have full understanding of the cases before them. May they have full understanding of the laws that apply to the cases. May they fully grasp how the laws should be applied in each case. Father, may their decisions be in alignment with Your will for America. Amen.