Pray For One Another (PFOA): New Year
Happy New Year! As we begin a new year, our hearts are filled with hope and expectation. We put behind us the failures and foolishness of the past year. We repent of and confess our sins knowing that "He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness".
This is a good time to review and reset our goals and priorities. In Psalm 84, the writer expressed his deepest desire - to be constantly in the presence of God. He yearns, even faints for the courts of the LORD; a day in His presence is better than a thousand without Him.
Being in God's dwelling place means we are in close communion with the Living God, we are in a place where we can freely speak to Him our praise and prayers - where the LORD God Almighty hears our prayer; where He listens to us. In close and constant fellowship with God, we have a sun and shield - light and protection for every step we take. We have the promise that He bestows His favour and honour on us and will withhold no good thing from us.
So let us endeavour to live blameless lives before Him. Note that blameless is not sinless, for that will be impossible. Noah, Abraham and Job were described as blameless before God. Deacons are to prove themselves blameless before being appointed. It is a realistic goal to strive for. Because Christ has died for us as the perfect, spotless, without blemish (blameless) sacrifice we are to be be publicly respectable because of our inward, private, cleansed and redeemed character. Both Paul (Php 1:10) and Peter (2 Peter 3:14) encourages us in this.
"O LORD Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in you" Ps 84:12.
Let us pray for all those in leadership in the world: remembering especially the leaders of our nation, that they may have wisdom to govern justly and humbly. Pray also for our pastors of both the English and Chinese congregations at GBC that they may shepherd the flock faithfully with love and care.