Dear Father, Paul Manafort has been charged with conspiracy against the US, conspiracy to launder money, being an unregistered foreign agent, lying on a foreign agent registration form, and seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts as well as not paying taxes on that money. Father, here is how I pray in response to this news. 1) May both truth and justice be victorious. May godly values and principles be upheld. May the legal system render decisions in this case that please You. 2) May others who read about this case who are inclined to corruption be dissuaded and choose the honorable path. 3) May You have mercy on Paul. May his case and any subsequent consequence draw him into a deep personal relationship with You. May he one day speak of his transformed heart and may he share how You made Yourself known to him in this season of legal jeopardy. Amen.
Dear Father, Bryan is an actor in Hollywood. He is known primarily as the star of Breaking Bad. He also starred in the series Malcolm in the Middle. Father, he is an individual with struggles and concerns just like everyone else. He has weakness and limitations. He needs Your provision and protection. His heart longs for You, whether or not he realizes it. Father, pour out Your love into his life. Meet his needs and protect him from evil. Call out to him and lead him into a close personal relationship with You. Transform his heart and mind. May he encounter the God of all compassion and grace. May one day he share with the public his testimony of Your work in his life. Amen.
Dear Father, Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen, collectively known as U2, have just finished their world tour entitled The Joshua Tree. Thank You for giving them safety. Father, few humans in history have experienced the degree of wealth, influence, and fame that these four men have experienced. They have the money to do as they please. They have influence on our culture, especially in the music industry. They speak their minds about cultural and political issues. They are friends to many people with power and authority. However, they are mortals. They are humans. They have limitations, weaknesses, fears, and insecurities. They live, speak, and act by Your grace and mercy. Each of them are on a certain road that will lead them to a face-to-face encounter with their Creator. Father, I have heard of their faith in You. I have also heard of their rebellion from You. I know not where they stand with You. Therefore, I pray that each one of them will encounter You in a truly life transforming way. May their walk with You be secure. May they know forgiveness through Jesus Christ for their rebellion, a rebellion we are all guilty of. May they have the amazing peace and joy that can come only from You. May their lives be a testimony to the love of God. May their influence lead others to a personal relationship with You. May they be aware of their limitations and may they cry out to You for provision, protection, and guidance. May You answer their prayers and may they give You thanks. May Your Word call out to them even now and may You use U2 for Your purposes in 2018 and beyond. Amen.
Dear Father, I lift up to You the members of the Congressional Delegation from Kansas – Senator Pat Roberts, Senator Jerry Moran, Representative Roger Marshall, Representative Lynn Jenkins, Representative Kevin Yoder, and Representative Ron Estes. I pray for Your protection for each of them, especially guarding their hearts from evil and corruption. Give them what they need physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I ask that You give them an abundance of godly wisdom. I ask that they will have hearts that call out to You for provision and direction. I ask that they will each do their job with excellence and may their characters be above reproach. Give them strength as they battle the weaknesses, failings, and insecurities common to us all. Father, I pray also for Your blessings on their spouses, children, grandchildren, extended family, and friends. Father, lead each of them into a thriving personal relationship with You. May they honor You as public servants. May they call out to You this very day for help. Amen.
Dear Father, Zach Miller of the Chicago Bears suffered a serious injury this weekend on the football field. Apparently emergency surgery was required to save his leg. Father, I pray Your compassion, mercy, and grace will flood into his life today. Bless his recovery. May he be able to walk and run again one day. Give him incredible emotional and spiritual strength as he struggles with the challenges he now faces. I pray that this will be a time of spiritual examination. As he recuperates, may he hear Your voice and may his spiritual life be transformed. Give him a longing for You. Write a testimony in his life that inspires others to draw close to You. Amen.
Dear Father, as I write this prayer, the Houston Astros are leading the Los Angeles Dodgers 3 games to 2. The sixth game is tonight. Father, I pray that the team You want to win will win the 2017 World Series. You know the hearts of each athlete involved. You know the hearts of each team official. You know the hearts of each fan, especially those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ. You know the needs of the cities of Houston and Los Angeles. Father, may the outcome of this World Series be exactly what the people of Houston and Los Angeles need. I do ask that You be present and at work in the locker rooms of those who celebrate and those who are disappointed. Amen.