Prayer Diary from Sunday 28th November to Sunday 9th January

Download the latest prayer diary here : Sunday 28th November to Sunday 9th January 2022.

Dear Fellow Pray-er,

Come, now is the time to worship
Come, now is the time to give your heart
Come, just as you are to worship
Come, just as you are before your God
Come

These are the words of a Brian Doerksen song* and seems to me to be an appropriate introduction to the season we are entering for which we offer you the set readings and some thoughts of what to pray for over the coming weeks. 

The Old Testament readings continue in Isaiah with songs of praise alternating with promises of deliverance for Israel and warnings to all those who have turned away from the Lord.

“The book of Isaiah has been a foundational text in the history of both Judaism and Christianity. There were at least 21 copies of Isaiah among the Dead Sea Scrolls, along with six copies of commentaries on Isaiah. It is among the texts from the Hebrew Bible most frequently quoted or alluded to in the New Testament, especially in association with the birth, life, and death of Jesus (Matt 1:23, Matt 4:14, John 12 39-41). This association has continued in Christian devotional and artistic works like Handel’s Messiah.” J. Blake Couey, "Isaiah "

In January we follow on with the story of Ruth and her promise to stay with her mother-in-law: a marvellous example of commitment to someone, for us all. 

The New Testament readings from Matthew’s gospel include Peter’s confession of who Jesus is “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” May we all have come to that point in our lives that we can say the same thing.  

For Christmas we pick up the familiar story of the birth of Jesus and the shepherds coming to worship him. Let our worship be as real for us as it was for those shepherds all those years ago.

Then, Paul’s letter to the Colossians. I hope you will be inspired by his theme of good-will and encouragement. “Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things.” Something that I know that when life is getting us down is easier said than done, however we do need to keep on persevering!

We pray for you, that as you read and pray through these readings each day, you too will be inspired, strengthened and encouraged in your walk with Him.

 

Peter & Sylvia Raine

 

*If you wish to listen to Brian Doerksen’s explanation of how he came to write this song, and listen to the song, click on the link below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6guWKnmxYU