Prayers for 10 January 2016

Philippians 3:13 says, “Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead.”

Father God, at the beginning of this New Year, we offer you our lives afresh. Take our voices: may the words we speak be filled with encouragement and goodness. Come take our hands: may the works they create be generous and giving. Come take our feet: may the journeys we walk be led always by your Spirit within.

Thank you that you make all things new; for all that you’ve allowed into our lives this past year, the good things along with the difficult, which remind us just how much we need you and rely on your presence with us every single day.

The Psalmist says, “You crown the year with your goodness, and your paths drip with abundance.” [Psalm 65:11]

We pray for your Spirit to lead us every step of this New Year. We ask you to guide our decisions and turn our hearts to share your desires above all else. We ask that you will open the doors which need to be opened and close the ones needing to be shut. Help us to release our grip on the things to which you’ve said “no,” “not yet,” or “wait.” We pray that you would give us discernment and insight beyond our years, to understand your will, hear your voice, and know your ways.

We ask for your wisdom, your strength and your power to be constantly present within us. We pray that you would make us strong and courageous for the road ahead. Give us abilities beyond our own and let your gifts flow freely through us, so that our lives honour you, and that others are drawn to you.

We ask that you would keep our footsteps firmly on solid ground, helping us to be consistent and faithful. Give us supernatural endurance to stay the course, not swerving to the right or to the left, or being too easily distracted by other things that would seek to call us away from a close walk with you.

Forgive us for the times we have worked so hard to be self-sufficient, living independently of your Spirit, forgetting our constant need for you. Forgive us for letting fear and worries control our minds, and for allowing pride and selfishness to wreak havoc over our lives. Forgive us for not following your ways and for living distantly from your presence.

Acts 3:19 says, “Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.”

We ask that you make all things new, in our hearts, in our minds, in our lives, for this coming year. We pray for your refreshment over us.

Keep your words of truth planted firm within us, help us to keep focused on what is pure and right, give us the faith to be obedient to your Word. When the enemy tries to remind us of where we have been, hissing his lies and attacking our way, we pray that we shall trust in your voice to speak louder and stronger, as you remind us that we are safe with you, and that your purposes and plans will not fail. We ask that you be our defence and our rearguard, that you keep our way clear, removing the obstacles, and covering the pitfalls.

We pray for your blessings to cover us. Help us to be known as great givers, help us to be generous and kind, help us to look to the needs of others and not be consumed only by our own. May we be lovers of truth, and may the fruits of your spirit be evident in our lives – your love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

God of compassion, you hear the cries of all who are in trouble or distress; accept our prayers for those whose lives are affected by storms and flooding: strengthen them in their hour of need, grant them perseverance and courage to face the future and be to them a firm foundation on which to rebuild their lives.

Shine your light in us, through us, and over us, we pray. May we make a difference in this world, for your glory and to your purposes. May we reflect your peace and hope to a world that so desperately needs your presence and healing.

You are the source of all goodness, generosity and love. We thank you for opening the hearts of many to those who are fleeing for their lives. Help us now to open our arms in welcome, and reach out our hands in support, that the desperate may find new hope, and lives torn apart may be restored.

Lord you comfort those who mourn. We lift to you all known to us who are grieving at this time, or whose anniversaries of loss fall at this time. Hear us, Lord of life, and uphold by the grace and consolation of your Holy Spirit all those who are bereaved.

Lord, grant your healing grace to all who are sick in mind, body or spirit that they may be made whole. Grant to all who are lonely, anxious or depressed a knowledge of your will and an awareness of your presence. Grant wisdom and skill, sympathy and patience to all who minister to those who are suffering. Mend broken relationships, and restore to those in distress soundness of mind and serenity of spirit. Sustain and support those who seek your guidance and lift up all who are brought low by the trials of this life. Restore to wholeness whatever is broken by human sin, in our lives, in our nation, and in the world. We pray for members of our church family who suffer today.

Make your ways known upon earth, Lord God, your saving power among all peoples. Renew your church in holiness and help us to serve you with joy.

Father, to you be glory and honour, in this New Year, and forever; hear our prayers, in Jesus’ name and for his sake,
Amen

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