Prayer Points 2022

A New Theme: “Be the Light”

Key Scriptures:

Matthew 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Isaiah 60:1-3 “Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
See, darkness covers the earth
and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the Lord rises upon you
and his glory appears over you.
Nations will come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your dawn.”

What is the theme, “Be the Light”?

Be the Light is all about God’s glory being known.

Both of the key passages tell us that God chose to reveal himself to the world through the people who follow Him. In his people, He lit a lamp (Matt. 5:15) to shine his glory, the most important light for others to see. Jesus proclaimed Himself the Light of the World, and then he also called his disciples to in turn be the light of the world.

There is a double meaning to “Be the Light”.

  1. Let us “light up” the heavens over our city with our praise and petitions.
  2. Let us pray for Jesus’ words to be fulfilled, “You are the Light of the World…Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” (Matt. 5:16)

Sunday, Jan. 16

Health Care Workers

Exodus 15:26 “He said, “If you listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you.”

John 8:12 “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Praise God as the great healer – JEHOVAH RAPHA. (See Exodus 15:26)

Please pray:

-for all health care workers to heal from the stress of the last 22 months
-for protection over their minds and hearts
-they would stay strong and healthy mentally and physically, by God’s grace
-God would help them in times of distress
-God would guide them what to do if they are required to go against their conscience, and give them courage, wisdom, and the words to speak
-Christian health care workers would reflect God’s light in their workplaces

Take a moment to pray by name for health care personnel you know, e.g. among your friends; from your doctor’s office; from your church: for their peace, health and protection.

Monday, Jan. 17

Children & Youth

Luke 18:16-17 “But Jesus called the children to him and said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 17 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’”

Nehemiah 8:10 “Nehemiah said, ‘Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.’”

Matthew 7:8 “For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”

Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’

Thank God for the great faith of children (See Luke 18:16-17)

Please pray:

-the joy of the Lord to be their strength (Neh. 8:10)
-to walk in integrity of heart
-that children and youth seek Jesus, for they will find Him, and he will tell them great and unsearchable things (Matthew 7:8) (Jeremiah 33:3)
-for Jesus to continue calling all the children and youth to himself, and to protect them in their vulnerability
-for children and youth to be bold, to let their light shine
-for children and youth to take an active role for Christ
-for those who don’t know the gospel to come to the Light shining through those who do (Isaiah 60:3)
-for those who don’t know Christ to see the good works of Christian peers and recognize the glory of God in it (Matt. 5:16)

Take a moment to pray, by name if you can, for the children and youth on your street. Pray for any specific needs you know of.

Tuesday, Jan. 18

Young Adults

1 Timothy 4:12 “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”

Jeremiah 1:7 “But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you.”

Colossians 3:1-2 “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”

Hebrews 12:1-2 “And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”

Nehemiah 8:10 “Nehemiah said, ‘Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.’”

Philippians 4:4 “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”

Praise God for using young men and women powerfully (see 1 Timothy 4:12 and Jeremiah 1:7).

Please pray:

-young adults in leadership roles to be encouraged and grow in wisdom and maturity
-young adults not yet in active roles to step out and take opportunities, to be bold
For young adult believers:
-to set our minds on things above (Colossians. 3:1) and fix our eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2)
-the joy of the Lord to be our strength (Nehemiah 8:10; Philippians 4:4)
-to be filled with the fruit of the Spirit
-other people to ask about the source of this fruit
-to be salt and light: active, not hiding our light, but shining for others to see God’s glory
-for older adults to encourage, mentor, and support young adults in our development

Ask God to bring a young adult to mind. Pray for them by name, to be encouraged and that the joy of the Lord would be their strength. 

Wednesday, Jan. 19

Workplaces

Colossians 3:17 “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

Proverbs 31:25 “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.”

Colossians 4:6 “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”

Thank God that he has given Christians the opportunity to be a light for him in their workplaces (see Colossians 3:17)

Please pray:

-Christians in the workplace to find each other and mutually encourage one another to “bring their faith to work”
-opportunities for Christians to shine the light of Christ among their coworkers
-increasing testimonies of God reaching people’s hearts through Christians in the workplace
-prayer couplets, triplets or small groups to form all over the city in workplaces, praying regularly for their work, coworkers and up and down the chain of command
-God’s peace and protection over all workplaces

Take a moment to pray by name for your coworkers, or for the staff at a business you frequent.

Thursday, Jan. 20

Justice

Psalm 89:14 “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you.”

Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”

Deuteronomy 32:4 “He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.”

Isaiah 1:17 “Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.”

Psalm 82:3 “Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.”

Give thanks that God is just – justice is part of his character (see Psalm 89:14).

Positives in the court system: The rising backlog in Family, Criminal and Civil law cases, and the closure of courtrooms in 2020 due to Covid-19, forced Ontario to modernize court systems that had been unchanged for generations. And there is a recent commitment by Ontario for funds for new court staff.

Please pray:

-backlogged family, criminal and civil court cases to significantly catch up with demand
-children, the vulnerable, and all people in our city to receive justice and mercy, impartially rendered
-people without internet or computer devices to have equal access to the changing new technologies related to legal procedures
-affordable legal representation for people in family, criminal and civil court cases

Other areas of justice:

Please pray:

-that all people in our city – including the disadvantaged – are consulted and included in decisions affecting them.
-that there are Christians in every sphere and community humbly seeking to “be the light” there
-that we as a city would care for the vulnerable and seek God’s strength and provision for this

Friday, Jan. 21

Public Authorities 

1 Timothy 2:1-2 “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”

Matthew 11:28-29 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

Proverbs 8:17-19 “I [Wisdom] love those who love me,
and those who seek me find me.
With me are riches and honor,
enduring wealth and prosperity.
My fruit is better than fine gold;
what I yield surpasses choice silver.”

Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”

Thank God for commissioning us to pray for our public authorities so that we may lead quiet and godly lives (see 1 Timothy 2:1-2).

Please pray:

– recovery in all the ways they may be depleted from the last 22 months of intense demands
– mental and physical health and protection
– their decisions to be good for the people of Ottawa
-Micah 6:8 “to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly”
– Christians in these roles to let the joy of the Lord be their strength
– Christians in these roles to shine their light as God gives them opportunities

-Municipal Election, Oct. 24, 2022. Candidates must register by August:

  • Mayor Jim Watson will not seek re-election. Pray that God would raise up a great new mayor of humility, integrity, wisdom, compassion and courage.
  • Discussions and debates would focus on the most timely and important Issues
  • Media to report wisely and fairly

Take a moment to pray a blessing for a first responder and your city councillor, by name.

Saturday, Jan. 22

The Church

1 Corinthians 12:27 “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”

Colossians 3:14-17 “And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

Mark 16:20 “Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.”

Thank God that he has made us part of the body of Christ ant that we are called to help and love one another (See 1 Corinthians 12:27 and Colossians 3:14-26)

Please pray:

-the Church to set our minds on things above (Col. 3:1) and fix our eyes on Jesus (Heb. 12:1-2)
-the joy of the Lord to be our strength (Nehemiah 8:10; Philippians 4:4)
-God’s people to be filled with the fruit of the Spirit
-other people to ask about the source of this fruit
-the Church to be salt and light: active, not hiding our light, but shining for others to see God’s glory
-continued growing unity in the Church, and as the lights come together, it will shine brighter and brighter
-increased, intentional sharing the gospel through words and good deeds, and that God would confirm his Word through signs and wonders (Mark 16:20)
-as Keith Green wrote, “I want to take your word and shine it all around.
But first help me just to live it Lord.
And when I’m doing well, help me to never seek a crown.
For my reward is giving glory to you.”

(“Oh Lord, You’re Beautiful” –  copyright Universal Music Publishing Group. Written lyrics here)(Music video here)