Lord, join our hearts with your Spirit as we pray for 2022. No matter what happens, we give all glory to you. We know the hard work has been done for us on the cross. May the pandemic end. May the church in America and beyond find renewal, spreading word of salvation in new ways. May our nation be blessed and shine more brightly as a beacon for you. May our communities be safe places for the resident and the stranger. May our hearts grow in holiness as we study your word and make our lives more prayerful. It is in the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
John 3:16 (NLT)
For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
If there’s anything we’ve learned from 2020, it’s that we have no idea what a year might have in store for us. With one exception.
I have no insight regarding when the pandemic will end. I do have high hopes for the vaccine, and I’m praying for something resembling normal worship during the Easter season. (Easter Sunday will be April 4.)
I’m also praying that wonderful events during 2021 will lift us up globally. Perhaps a powerful outbreak of the Holy Spirit, another true Great Awakening regarding Jesus Christ’s work in this world? I would so like to see that happen.
About that exception I mentioned: I can promise you this, the grace poured out on us by God will remain available. It has remained available in 2020, and it will always be available, until we turn off the calendar and simply stand before God in full, rejoicing and worshiping our savior into eternity.
By “grace,” I mean the love God continually shows us despite the fact we do not deserve it. It is a great, continuous gift, one we simply have to agree to receive.
Grace is available even before people acknowledge God exists. It tugs at us; it exists as a feeling there is more to life than what we simply see.
Grace washes over us and into us at the moment we accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. From then on, grace changes us, as much as we allow the Holy Spirit to work in our lives.
Based on the truth of ever-present grace, I can say that 2021 will be an important, powerful year. People will find Jesus Christ and eternal life through simple belief. People will grow to be more like what God would have them be.
Any more good news will simply be additional evidence of how much God loves us.
Have a blessed, grace-filled 2021!