I pray today Lord, for those places of healing and treatment where people with addictions to alcohol or drugs are cared for and helped back to wholeness and strength. Give to the staff patience and love, wisdom and empathy. Grant healing and renewal. I ask it in Jesus’ name – AMEN.
Lord I pray for your church today as she proclaims the gospel of Advent and the coming of Jesus. Help us to keep focussed on Jesus, and to avoid triviality and over-busy-ness. May the Christmas music ring throughout the world this Christmas tide. I ask it in the name of Jesus Christ – AMEN.
Lord, I bring your world to you in prayer this day, with all its pain and its problems, its strife and its strain, its possibilities and its potential. Where there is conflict, bring peace. Where there is trouble bring solutions. Where there is poverty bring plenty. In Christ I ask it – AMEN.
“John came to tell people about the light,
so that all should hear the message and believe”.
Jn 1:6, 7 GNB
The whole Bible centres around this main theme – that God has a message to convey to people and that it is crucial that they should hear the message. So even the story of creation in Genesis is punctuated with this repeated phrase “God said”. And each action in the creation story says, “God said ‘Let there be…’”. God speaking and people hearing goes on and on. The coming of Jesus at Bethlehem was itself God’s great message and the apostle John rightly saw that the forerunner to Jesus, John the Baptist, had come to direct people’s attention to Jesus, the light of the world. People in considerable numbers went down from Jerusalem to the River Jordan to hear John, strange man that he was. But he wasn’t the message God was wanting the people to hear. Jesus was.
But the crucial thing wasn’t only hearing the message. The vital thing was believing it. John’s Gospel is all about believing. Belief is one of his key words – as light is another. All people believe something. It is important that they believe the right things, and Jesus was God’s once-and-for-all vital message. Two thousand years after his life and death not all people on the planet have yet heard and believed. So the task John the Baptist started still has to go on.
And Christian disciples today have to pass that message on and spread the word. It cannot just be left to the professionals. There are many superior methods of communication today, some of them very sophisticated ones. They must be used, and used to the full, to get this message across.
Lord, speed the message of Jesus throughout the world.
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