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Prayer Diary

JANUARY 2021

Week 1:  1st – 9th

Reading: Revelation 21:1-7     

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth for the first heaven and first earth had passed away and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of the heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and he is their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things have passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”

Let us Pray

Our Father in Heaven, we humbly come to you asking your blessings in making everything new for us in this New Year. We pray for your healing and restoration following the challenging times over the past year; the pandemic which has taken  its toll on the lives of many throughout the world and the devastating effect it has / had on people’s lives and well-being, of the uncertainty of people returning to work as a result of the economy and the many lucrative businesses having to close down.  The education and future of the younger generation and so much more.  Although the New Year cannot erase the struggles, pains and the consequences, Lord, we know you have the power to fill us with renewed purpose, greater courage, greater strength, and hope that the world cannot give.  One thing is certain we know our Lord, our God excels in making all things new so we ask for your refreshment, filling us with your Spirit renewing all things in our hearts, our minds and lives in this New Year. Enable us to use all these gifts and blessings given us to go out as disciples doing your work and being the people you want us to be.   Amen

 

Week 2:   10th – 16th

Reading: 2 Corinthians 5: 17

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and give us the ministry of reconciliation:”

When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, we become new people from within. The Holy Spirit gives us a new life, a new beginning, a new start, things are not the same anymore, as there are changes that happen within us that we cannot explain. It is not a reformation, rehabilitation or re-education, it is not turning over a new leaf, with Christ, but re-creation (new creation) living in vital union and the beginning a new life under a new Master.

 

A New Year Brings a New Beginning

Reflection

As the New Year starts and the old year ends

There’s no better time to make amends;

For all the things we sincerely regret

And wish in our hearts we could somehow forget –

We all make mistakes, for it’s human to err.

But no one need ever give up in despair,

For God gives us all a brand-new beginning,

A chance to start over and repent of our sinning-

And when God forgives us we, too, must forgive

And resolve to do better each day that we live

By constantly trying to be like Him more nearly

           And to trust in His wisdom

            And love Him more dearly-

Assured that we’re never out of His care

And we’re always welcome to seek Him in prayer

Helen Steiner Rice

 

Week 3:   17th - 23rd

Reading: Lamentations 3: 22-24

Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Prayer/ Sing

Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father, there is no shadow of turning with thee;

Thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not; as thou hast been thou forever wilt be.

Great is thy faithfulness, great is thy faithfulness, morning by morning new mercies I see;

All I have needed thy hand hath provided, great is thy faithfulness, Lord unto me.

Pardon for sin and peace that endureth, thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;

Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!   

Great is thy faithfulness ………………………… Lord unto me.  Amen

Week 4:  24th - 31st

Let us give thanks to God for all He does for us.

This hymn was written by Timothy Dudley in 1967 for the centenary service of the Scripture Union.  This hymn is often used as one of Commemoration for the work of God in our own lives.

1 Lord for the years, your love has kept and guided, urged and inspired us, cheered us on our way, sought us and saves us pardoned and provided: Lord for the years, we bring our thanks today.

2 Lord for that word, the word of life which fires us, speaks to our hearts and sets our souls ablaze, teaches and trains, rebukes us and inspires us: Lord for the word, receive your people’s praise.

3 Lord, for our land in this our generation, spirits oppressed by pleasure, wealth and care: for young and old, for commonwealth and nation, Lord of our land, be pleased to hear our prayer.

4 Lord for our world when men disown and doubt you, loveless in strength and comfortless in pain, hungry and helpless, lost indeed without you; Lord of the world, we pray that Christ may reign.

5 Lord of ourselves; in living power remake us - self on the cross and Christ upon the throne, past put behind us, for the future take us: Lord of our lives, to live for Christ alone.  Amen

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