“’I am the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end,’ says the Lord God. ‘I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come—the Almighty One.’” – Revelation 1:8
Sunday, January 17
Together, we lift our voices to God for our health care workers.
Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. – 1 John 3:18
Let us pray:
- That governments will ensure there are sufficient hospital and other health care workers to meet the needs of people in our city, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- That health care workers will reflect Christ’s compassion as they look after the sick.
- For protection against illness for front-line medical workers dealing with patients during the pandemic.
- For managers of health care facilities to provide counselling and other services to help workers handle on-the-job pressures.
- For special efforts to prevent viruses, including COVID-19, from spreading in long-term care facilities for the elderly.
- That health care workers will receive encouragement and gratitude for their work.
Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon. – Isaiah 58:10
Monday, January 18
Together, we lift our voices to God for our workplaces.
Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. – Colossians 3:23
- That believers will share the love of Christ in their workplaces in word and deed.
- For protection against the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.
- For God to help employers and employees faced with possible shutdowns and job loss because of the COVID-19 virus.
- That businesses will prosper in our city in the coming year.
- For freedom to express our faith in federal government departments.
- For a good working environment for managers and employees in federal, provincial and municipal departments.
- That all employers will be fair and generous in their treatment of their employees, particularly those facing job uncertainty.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do and he will show you which path to take. – Proverbs 3:5-6.
Tuesday, January 19
Together, we lift our voices to God for families.
Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. – Colossians 3:14
- That God will strengthen families and deepen bonds of love, especially in this stressful time.
- For solace for worried and grieving families whose elderly loved-ones are dying alone in long-term care homes and hospitals during the pandemic lock-down.
- For mental and emotional stability in households under the COVID-19 restrictions.
- For strong marriages.
- For the special needs of single parents and their children.
- For children in foster care and their foster parents.
- That churches and other groups will reach out to include and care for singles, widows and widowers, and the lonely.
And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. – Ephesians 5:21
Wednesday, January 20
Together, we lift our voices to God for social justice.
“’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31
- That people would live in right relationship with God and others and love all people as image-bearers of God, without prejudice or bias.
- That all people in our city – including the disadvantaged – are consulted and included in decisions affecting them.
- That justice and mercy would be impartially rendered.
- That we would as a city consider how we care for “the least of these” and seek God’s strength and provision to help where help is needed.
- For access to good health care for every person.
“And the King answering, will say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did it to Me.’” – Matthew 25:40
Thursday, January 21
Together, we lift our voices to God for public authorities.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can make your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this world’s darkness, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” – Ephesians 6:10-12
- For all city leaders, those who respond to emergencies, and those who uphold our political, legal and medical systems.
- For our leaders to be wise and honest and make good and fair decisions.
- That leaders at every level of government will work together, listening equitably to those whose voices are often not heard, and to the disadvantaged.
- For safety, protection and health of first responders – police, firefighters, medics, nurses, doctors and hospital employees.
- That those who are in authority would respond to the call and kindness of God leading them to salvation.
- That police and other first responders receive healing from traumatic experiences in their work.
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” — Psalm 147:3
Friday, January 22
Together, we lift our voices to God for our schools.
“My child, listen to me and do as I say… I will teach you wisdom’s ways and lead you in straight paths. If you live a life guided by wisdom, you won’t limp or stumble as you run. Carry out my instructions; don’t forsake them. Guard them, for they will lead you to a fulfilled life.” – Proverbs 4:10-13
- For wisdom and endurance for administrators and teachers, to provide the school year and grades that students need while accommodating Covid-19 requirements.
- For proper funding for our schools, colleges and universities.
- That every student’s needs in the education system will be met.
- That teachers and professors will have stable employment and strong support.
- That students will establish strong, godly and supportive relations with other students, protecting them from harm.
- That campus ministries at Ottawa colleges and universities will have a growing impact for Christ on their campuses.
- For adequate medical health services for students.
“God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well… If you are a teacher, do a good job of teaching.” Romans 12:6-7
Saturday, January 23
Together, we lift our voices to God for our churches.
“And he (Christ) is the head of the body, the church.” – Colossians 1:18
- For believers to seek God with all their heart.
- For the Church to follow him prayerfully, trusting in his faithfulness and obeying him.
- For pastors and all clergy to be greatly strengthened in the Lord.
- For unity in Christ among local churches.
- For the Church in Ottawa to be generous in finances and in serving vulnerable people.
- For more believers to spread the good news and pioneer churches in Ottawa.
- That the Good Shepherd will strengthen leaders of struggling congregations in the pandemic and bring people back.
- That God will work in the hearts of all believers to build racial harmony and increase love for others.
“Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy.” Ephesians 5:25b-26a