I call on you, O God, for you will answer me; give ear to me and hear my prayer. Psalm 17:6 NIV
It has arrived!!! Happy New Year!
2017 is upon us and the days are already beginning to speed by in a flurry. I can’t believe it has come, and I still have various holiday items hanging around my house: a few bows, leftover ornaments, stale cookies and of course, Christmas cards.
As I started to gaze upon each card with all the color, glitter, Bible verses and family or friend’s pictures and names, I was warmed by their love for me. I began to ponder how I could ever thank them or return their love.
At that moment I decided I would pray every day to Jesus for everyone who sent me a Christmas card. I will look intently upon an individual card and pray for Jesus strength, joy and love in the lives of my family and friends. I want them to “grasp how wide and long and high and deep the love of Christ is for them.” Ephesians 3:18. And, I know that if I call upon Jesus, He will answer. They will truly experience His love this year.
However, I have decided this activity of praying should go one step further into this New Year. Not only will I pray over each card, but I want to begin to really concentrate on praying every day and throughout the day for various people and activities in my life. I want to practice the verse In 1 Thessalonians 5:17 which commands us “to pray continually.” I know this will be a challenge, difficult to say the least, but I also know that He will listen and answer. And most importantly, my love for Jesus will also continue to grow.
Let’s get praying.
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Dear Jesus, thank You for 2017. Thank You that it is a new year and we can begin new undertakings in our lives. Help me to pray to You throughout the day this year. I want to know You better and love You more. In Your precious name, Amen.
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