Praying the First Week of January

December 16, 2021 Resources


 

First Week of January

 

Theme verse = “Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find’ knock, and the door will be opened for you” (Luke 11:9).

The Epiphany texts reveal God’s intention to draw all people (i.e. “wise men,” “gentiles” and “all nations.”) to Godself.  When we pray for growth in our existing churches and for new church starts, we participate in this mystery of the Gospel to include all.  Inclusion necessitates growth.
 
Sunday -  Read Matthew 2:1-12 The Wise Men (Gentiles) come to the Christ child
Monday - Read Ephesians 3:1-12  The gentiles are fellow heirs
Tuesday- Read Isaiah 60:1-6 The nations come to God’s light
Wednesday – Read Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 The inclusive community that forms under the rule of
the Messiah (i.e. the Davidic king) will be one of justice, mercy and salvation.
Thursday – Read Luke 10:1-9, 17-20 Jesus sends his followers in his name to proclaim his
         reign and welcome to anyone who would receive it
Friday – Read Luke 10:25-28 We seek to grow people who act and love all like neighbors
Saturday – Read Luke 11:1-13 God hears our prayers for growth and the filling of the Spirit

Prayer Template for First Week of Prayer
 
Go humbly
 
Song or Prayer of Praise and Adoration
Prayer of Confession
 
Sow prayerfully
 
Scripture Reading (See Scripture for the day above)
Reflection
Common Prayer (See prayer above)
Pray for New Church Start (See schedule below)
Pray for your Church
 
Grow abundantly
 
Share (What are your hopes and dreams of what God will do this year?)
Prayers for individual needs
Lord’s Prayer