These are my prayers as we head into 2008 and beyond. God bless you as you enjoy your New Year celebrations with family and community.
I pray that the hearts of fathers would be drawn to their children and that the hearts of children would likewise be drawn to their fathers so that they would be orphans no more to any degree (Malachi 4:6; John 1:17).
I pray that husbands and wives would love one another, in mutual respect as unto the Lord (Ephesians 5; Colossians 3; One Peter 3).
I pray that wives and moms would be elevated in the heart of the culture (especially in the West) to a place of honor (Proverbs 31).
I pray that the religious leaders of our day, specifically within Christianity and certainly including me, would humble ourselves and pray, seeking God’s face. May we measure our words carefully and pray more so that when we do speak, we do so as unto the Lord (Two Chronicles 7:14; One Thessalonians 3:10; James 3).
I pray for local God honoring church congregations around the world (Two Corinthians 11:28), asking God to encourage them daily with hope (Romans 12:12), to give them wisdom in making choices and relating to their cultures (James 1:5), to protect them from the schemes of the enemy (John 17:11 & 15; Two Thessalonians 3:3), and to add to their numbers daily those who are being saved (Acts 2:47; 16:5).
I pray that families and individuals would plant themselves in their neighborhoods as salt and light (Matthew 5:13-14ff; Mark 9:50), the presence of Jesus Christ where they live, work and play, so that a standard of righteousness would be raised within the normal context of daily living and so that many would ask of the hope that is within them (Colossians 4:6), causing a viral wave of Christ-following discipleship throughout the nations.