“Pray without ceasing.” – 1st Thessalonians 5:17.
“Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.” – Psalm 55:17
It is with great joy and expectation that I welcome you into this New Year. I know that the Lord that has graciously spared us throughout the last year is able to keep all that has been committed into His hands. This New Year has a lot of promises, in Isaiah 3:10 the Lord says “Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings”. I am therefore bold to say that in this New Year, it shall be well with you.
We have been talking about prayers last year; we have covered an introduction to prayers and described what praying is and how to pray. This is because this New Year that has just stated is one in which prayers is an absolute necessity for us to survive. The level of praying that sustained us last year is not sufficient for this New Year. Indeed, the level of prayers that brought us into the New Year cannot take us through it. We need to develop our prayer life, develop our prayer altar and develop an enduring & sustainable prayer habit for the new challenges in this New Year.
This is a year like none before it. It has never been experienced until now. We really have to pray like we have never prayed before. We need to go into every month of this New Year knowing & fully understanding God’s purpose for us in the month and the entire year. There is a plan for the year. It is a good plan. The plan is however known to only God. Jeremiah 29:11 says: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” We can only know the plan if God draws us voluntarily or compulsorily to the place of habitual prayers.
The needs for the New Year can only be met in the place of intense habitual prayers. Matthew 7:7-8 says “7Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” We therefore know that when we ask, we shall receive. Philippians 4:19 further assures us that “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Prayers work wonders and they will work wonders for us this year in Jesus name.
Prayers need to however be a habit that is done multiple times a day. The sweet Psalmist of Israel indicates that for him, prayers are done in the evening, morning and noon. This means that he makes an appointment of it and it has constituted a habit. We need a similar prayer habit this year, we need to be able to say that we pray every evening and every Morning and every Afternoon. We especially need this habit as this year contains several innumerable situations that would require God’s help.
2nd Chronicles 20:4 says “And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the LORD: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD.” Asking God for help is the simplest response to any difficult situation that this year may present. For this to happen we need to have a relationship with God and this relationship would be manifested by a fruitful Prayer Habit. This year is a very great year; together we will command 2013 and extract the best out of this year in the place of prayers. Again – Happy New Year!
- Father, I thank you for this new year in Jesus name.
- Father, let the grace for intense prayers fall upon me now in Jesus name.
- Father, let every root of prayerlessness in my life be consumed by Prayer Revival Fire in the name of Jesus.
- Oh Lord arise, grant me “Holy Detention” in the place of prayers in the name of Jesus.
- Father help me to be able to walk closer with you, see you more clearly, love you more dearly and follow you more nearly in the name of Jesus.