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In May 2021 the Council of Delegates called for a year of prayer within the CRC. This emphasis fits with a larger denominational priority on cultivating practices of prayer and spiritual disciplines (see Our Journey for more details). In addition to the daily prayer guide below, check out Together Seeking God's Face: A Year of Praying in the CRCNA.

Thank you for supporting the ministries of the Christian Reformed Church through your prayers. For daily prayer, you are invited to use and share the Prayer Guide below or subscribe to the Prayer Guide email (daily or weekly). You can also connect with prayer coordinators across the CRC using the prayer section of The Network. For more items to pray about, subscribe to the CRC News weekly email.

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Saturday January 1
from: Communications: New Year's Day

For many of us, a new year provides a new opportunity to strive toward a goal in some part of our lives. As we make plans and resolutions, may we remember that God is the author of new beginnings, the giver of grace when we fail, and our strength and hope each day.

Sunday January 2
from: Resonate Global Mission: Central Asia

Pray for a woman with whom a Resonate missionary is working in a clinic in Central Asia. They met for a Bible study during lunch, and she became very interested in the story of Abraham, Sarah, and Isaac. She had a lot of questions, and she was given a Bible. “Please pray that she will come to know the true God,” the missionary asks.

Monday January 3
from: ReFrame Ministries: Brazil

Juscelino and Raul are a father and teenage son who regularly listen to our Brazilian Portuguese ministry programs. Juscelino recently shared that Raul made profession of faith at their church. “We pray for you and thank you all,” he said. Praise God for Raul’s faith, and pray that he and Juscelino will continue to support one another in their spiritual walk.

Tuesday January 4
from: World Renew: Disaster Response Services (DRS)

In December tornadoes ripped through six southern U.S. states, bringing great destruction and loss of life. Immediate focus is on emergency response, and DRS will respond to long-term needs in the coming months. Join us in prayer for all who have been affected by these devastating storms.

Wednesday January 5
from: Resonate: Ontario

“Pray for wisdom and discernment to articulate and embody the good news of Jesus in a multifaith context,” asks Mike Wagenman, a Resonate partner campus minister at Western University in Ontario. Ask the Holy Spirit to work powerfully in and through this campus ministry in the coming semester.

Thursday January 6
from: Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations

Today many churches around the world will celebrate the revelation of Christ to the Gentiles, represented by the visit of the Magi (Matt. 2). Pray that God’s people will find unity and strength in the truth that Jesus came to save all who will put their trust in him.

Friday January 7
from: ReFrame: India

A pastor in India recently invited our Hindi ministry team to share resources and God’s Word with young people in his community. Pray for the 150 teenagers who attended the event, as many of them shared about struggles with substance abuse, addiction to the internet, and losing their faith.

Saturday January 8
from: Resonate: Japan

Resonate missionaries Ken and Jeannie Lee give thanks for 34 people who joined partnering churches in Japan during the pandemic! Pray that these individuals may continue to learn more about Christ and grow as disciples.

Sunday January 9
from: ThereforeGo Ministries: Building up

Today is the suggested offering Sunday for ThereforeGo Ministries. Please pray that many in our supporting churches will catch the vision for the work of building relationships with emerging adults by joining a Mentoring Network. Please pray also for the young people whose lives will be touched through our SERVE mission trips this year.

Monday January 10
from: World Renew: CFGB Grant

The Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) has received $75 million in funding from the Canadian government, and this grant will help fund emergency response projects implemented through its 15 member church-based agencies, including World Renew. We thank God for this funding that will help to bring hope to people struggling with food insecurity around the world.

Tuesday January 11
from: Resonate: Colorado

Shawn and Diane Sikkema, who lead Jesus on Colfax Ministries, a Resonate partner in Aurora, Colo., ask you to pray for an end to violence in the area. “We pray for peace, protection, and justice, asking Jesus to break the power of Satan. This is a spiritual battle. Please pray with us,” said Shawn.

Wednesday January 12
from: ReFrame: Japan

Our Japanese ministry team recently heard from someone who received a CD copy of their radio programs from a neighbor. They were thankful for the programs and asked for more information about the Christian faith. Pray that this listener will continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ.

Thursday January 13
from: Calvin Theological Seminary: Learning and safety

Pray for January Term classes, for students who are traveling, and especially for new students planning to begin their studies in the spring semester. Pray for health and safety for all.

Friday January 14
from: Resonate: Middle East

Resonate’s Cohort in the Middle East is starting this fall! Cohort is a leadership opportunity for young adults. Pray for the young adults who will serve in this grassroots ministry, seeking to engage in deep spiritual formation and to build relationships.

Saturday January 15
from: Chaplaincy and Care: Disasters

When events like mass shootings, floods, and tornadoes affect so many lives, active and retired chaplains across North America are called upon to provide emergency support, critical incident debriefing, and spiritual care. Please pray for chaplains providing such support in areas of natural and human-made disasters.

Sunday January 16
from: Justice ministries:Sanctity of Human Life Sunday

In the U.S., two-thirds of women who have had an abortion have reported coming from a Christian-faith background. The same percentage say they could not afford another child. Let us seek the thriving of all God’s children, bearing the practical needs of persons contemplating abortion and bringing them before the Lord.

Monday January 17
from: World Renew: Mercy and Justice

On this Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, we remember and celebrate the rights we are all entitled to as children of God. No matter where we live, our age, or the color of our skin, we all deserve equal and fair treatment—and yet inequalities remain prevalent in societies around the globe. As we seek to live justly, love mercy, and serve Christ, please join us in praying for unity and peace for all.

Tuesday January 18
from: ReFrame: Russia

101 Vopros Ateista (“101 Questions Atheists Ask”) is a question-and-answer show in which our Russian ministry team answers questions from listeners about the Christian faith, using a live call-in format. Pray for wisdom for our ministry partners there as they respond to questions like “Where is your God when so many people are suffering in the world?”

Wednesday January 19
from: Resonate: Church plants

The coronavirus pandemic has been difficult for many churches, especially newly planted ones. Ask God to provide needed resources for church plants to thrive. Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance on how best to serve and share Christ’s love with their communities.

Thursday January 20
from: World Renew: Haiti

Pray for families in Haiti who have lost their homes, their belongings, and their ability to generate income in the wake of disasters. As we continue to access and respond to needs in the region, please ask that God may be the source of hope and comfort for these families as they strive to rebuild their lives.

Friday January 21
from: Safe Church: Thanks and reflections

As we enter a new year, we reflect and give thanks for the many volunteers who support our ministry and encourage us in so many ways, for church communities who work toward creating spaces that are free from abuse, and for the ongoing support we receive daily as we lean into the work of awareness, prevention, and response.

Saturday January 22
from: Raise Up: Global Coffee Break: New connections

Pray as Global Coffee Break forms new partnerships in North America and internationally; give thanks with us for open doors, catalyzing strength, and shared vision! Pray that we may mutually strengthen each other as we connect people with God’s Word. Pray for ongoing training in facilitating Bible studies and in writing study materials.

Sunday January 23
from: Trinity Christian College: Thanks and guidance

Join us in thanking God for an overall strong and healthy fall semester after returning to in-person instruction. As we begin the spring semester, pray that the Spirit of wisdom will guide our students, faculty, and staff as they learn how to be a Christ-centering community today.

Monday January 24
from: Resonate: Cambodia

Mr. Kham, the spiritual leader of a tribe in Cambodia, recently decided to follow Christ—but he still has a lot of questions about Christianity and is hesitant to share his new faith. “We pray that God will change Mr. Kham’s heart and that he can share the gospel with his family and his whole village,” said Resonate missionary Navy Chann-Chhay.

Tuesday January 25
from: Disability Concerns: Changes and hope

As we embrace 2022 with hope amid the challenges of the ongoing pandemic, we welcome Lindsay Wieland Capel as the new director of Disability Concerns. Please pray for strength and wisdom as Lindsay enters into this role. May she be blessed by the many people in our community surrounding and encouraging her in this new adventure!

Wednesday January 26
from: World Renew: Asia Ministry Team

As a result of the pandemic, communities are facing extreme poverty, an increase in gender-based violence, fewer children returning to school, and many other negative effects. Please pray for staff, partners, and the communities affected by these challenges. Pray also for peace and safety for 900,000 Rohingya refugees, and ask that COVID-19 vaccinations may increase.

Thursday January 27
from: ReFrame: Groundwork

Lora’s faith was “floundering” before a Groundwork series helped her understand why Christians need the community offered in churches to grow in their faith. “Groundwork helped me understand that it was important to become a member of a church,” she said. “I had prayed for this understanding for years, and there it was.” Praise God for this answer to prayer.

Friday January 28
from: Diaconal Ministries Canada: Community engagement

Please pray for our online Community Opportunity Scan cohort, a new initiative in partnership with Jodi Koeman of World Renew-U.S. Four churches in Western Canada have joined this group to become more community-focused. Ask God to reveal new and exciting possibilities as we cross-pollinate ideas around community engagement with churches in Canada and the U.S.

Saturday January 29
from: Resonate: Campus ministries

Universities are starting a new academic semester! Please pray for Resonate-partner campus ministers as they continue to navigate COVID-19 protocols to safely meet with students and plan gatherings and events on campuses throughout North America.

Sunday January 30
from: Calvinist Cadet Corps: Cadet Sunday

Our theme for this year is "God's in Control," based on Joshua 1:9. On this Cadet Sunday, we pray that this theme may continue to remind cadets and counselors that God is always with them. Please pray that this reassurance will help our boys and men be strong and courageous in living for Jesus.

Monday January 31
from: GEMS Girls' Clubs: Hope

It’s not easy being a girl today. Girls are anxious, lonely, and fearful. But when a girl hears who God is and all that he says about her, everything changes. A girl's hope increases and her fear dissipates. Pray for GEMS Girls’ Clubs and local leaders as they share God’s love and truth with girls everywhere.

Tuesday February 1
from: World Renew: Kenya

This past year, Kenya navigated extreme dry weather and ongoing COVID-19 challenges. We praise God that the World Renew team in Kenya was able to visit communities and partners again. Pray with us for the team’s ongoing health and safety, and ask God to provide the resources needed by vulnerable Kenyan families to keep striving toward income security.

Wednesday February 2
from: Resonate Global Mission: Relationships

As people move throughout the world, our neighborhoods are becoming more ethnically and religiously diverse. Resonate’s Journeys into Friendship network is a community of believers committed to sharing Christ’s love with newcomers in our communities. Please ask for the Holy Spirit’s wisdom and guidance in these friendships.

Thursday February 3
from: ReFrame Ministries: Latvia

Pray for our radio partners who broadcast our Russian-language ministry programs in Latvia and into neighboring Russia. New, much higher, electricity rates are being charged in 2022, and these partners are struggling to make ends meet. Please ask the Spirit to provide wisdom and the resources needed for continued broadcasting there.

Friday February 4
from: Calvin Theological Seminary: Learning

The spring semester began on January 31. Pray for our faculty and students—residential, international, Spanish-language, and distance-learning—as they begin new courses. Pray for deep, lasting learning as the Lord forms students for ministry.

Saturday February 5
from: Resonate: Campus ministry

Pray for International Campus Ministry, a Resonate partner at Western Michigan University, as they seek to provide a welcoming community for students studying from abroad. Pray that students will continue to experience the love of Christ through this ministry.

Sunday February 6
from: Race Relations: Unity and support

Thank God for expressions of support, prayers, and financial gifts, and give thanks for leaders who take the initiative to dismantle racism in their churches and communities. Please pray against divisiveness, asking God that we Christians may be especially humble, gentle, and patient, “bearing with one another in love” and making every effort “to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” (Eph. 4:2-3).

Monday February 7
from: World Renew: Disaster Response Services (DRS)

North America experienced a slew of natural disasters in the past year: floods in British Columbia and Washington state, tornados in Kentucky and neighboring states, fires in Colorado, and many other storms that devastated communities. Looking ahead, we ask the Spirit for discernment in how to respond to increasingly large and frequent storms across the continent.

Tuesday February 8
from: Resonate: Spain

Resonate missionaries Tony and Stacey Meyer lead Mountainview International Church in Spain. They ask for prayers that their church members may have opportunities to be witnesses to their families and friends. “Most are the only Christians in their families, workplaces, schools, and neighborhoods,” explain the Meyers.

Wednesday February 9
from: ReFrame: Mali

Our French ministry team recently began a new partnership with a radio station in Mali. Pray that this new programming will connect with radio listeners in the region and that God will work through the radio station staff to answer any questions the listeners may have.

Thursday February 10
from: Disability Concerns: Community

In January, Disability Concerns hosted a book club to discuss Kate Bowler's book No Cure for Being Human (and Other Truths I Need to Hear), which focuses on navigating life’s challenges in hard times. We thank God for the reminders that strength lies in community and that we, the body of Christ, are designed to support and encourage one another. May we continue to look for ways to do so in our daily lives.

Friday February 11
from: World Renew: Southern Africa Ministry Team

COVID cases have increased rapidly in southern Africa, affecting staff and partners in the region. We praise God that many cases have been relatively mild and that staff have been able to rest and recharge over the holidays. The team requests prayers for wisdom in the year ahead as they discern how best to aid partners in the many communities they reach.

Saturday February 12
from: Resonate: University of Michigan

“Many of our students are at points of transition, and it is a particularly difficult time to be applying for academic programs or going into the job market. Pray for peace and trust in such an anxious space,” said Matt Ackerman, a Resonate partner campus minister at the University of Michigan.

Sunday February 13
from: Office of Social Justice: Giving thanks

Today is the designated Sunday for giving to OSJ. Praise God with us for all that the church has learned about root causes of poverty, hunger, and oppression and how, in Jesus’ name, the church calls on people in power to improve systems and enact just policies.

Monday February 14
from: Safe Church Ministry: Survivors

Please continue to pray for people within our community who have experienced harm. We are thankful for the strength God provides for survivors to come forward and speak the truth. Please pray with us for survivors of abuse, especially those who have been victimized by persons in our denomination, and pray for all who walk alongside them.

Tuesday February 15
from: ReFrame: Japan

A Japanese-ministry listener named Keiko attended church with her non-Christian husband on Christmas, and he expressed interest in learning more about Jesus. Now they are listening to ReFrame programs on the internet together. Praise God! Pray that Keiko’s husband and loved ones may come to faith in Jesus Christ.

Wednesday February 16
from: Resonate: West Africa

A Resonate missionary in West Africa asks you to pray for a Christian school that she and other believers recently started. Most of the students are from Muslim families. Pray that students and families may experience the love of Jesus and come to know him as Lord and Savior.

Thursday February 17
from: World Renew: Climate change

Across the globe, droughts have wiped out crops, resulting in food insecurity, and floods have washed away entire villages, taking lives and destroying property. Even so, hope in Christ lifted spirits and strengthened the resolve of people who suffered loss. Please pray with us that God’s most vulnerable children will come to find hope and the courage to persevere through life’s hardships, knowing they are loved and cherished by God—always.

Friday February 18
from: Chaplaincy and Care: Teaching and learning

Several of our chaplains serve as certified supervisor-educators. Please pray for wisdom and energy as they provide spiritual care to patients and as they arrange for, teach, and supervise the training of many other chaplains and psychospiritual therapists, preparing them to serve in a variety of institutions.

Saturday February 19
from: Resonate: Worldwide

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage the world, many people are asking questions about the meaning of life and are open to the gospel. “Pray for God’s wisdom and creativity as pastors and church leaders find opportunities amid the pandemic to share the good news of Jesus,” ask Resonate missionaries Ken and Jeannie Lee, who serve in Japan.

Sunday February 20
from: Pastor Church Resources: Wisdom and patience

In some ways, congregations are like families. The experience good times, not-so-good times, laughter, tears, and sometimes significant strife. Pray for consultants who work with churches experiencing challenging situations. May God give them the wisdom they need as they offer assistance and counsel. Pray too for all of our congregations as they navigate life together.

Monday February 21
from: Indigenous Family Centre: Community health

Please pray for community members as COVID cases increase in Winnipeg, Manitoba. May God keep everyone safe from the virus and the effects of isolation. Please pray that staff may remain physically and mentally healthy as they seek to meet the needs of the community while following health guidelines. We continue to be thankful for the steadfast support of the CRC.

Tuesday February 22
from: World Renew: Haiti

Amid the ongoing pandemic, please pray for the availability of vaccines to protect the health of the Haitian public. Also pray for the health and safety of World Renew staff and partners as they continue to work under difficult conditions to bring hope to Haiti’s most vulnerable people.

Wednesday February 23
from: ReFrame: Today devotions

Pray for Marrianne and Julie, Today readers who both lost their husbands in the past year and reached out for prayers. “I thought my faith was rock solid, but this has been a challenge,” said Marianne. Ask God to comfort them, both through the devotions in Today and through family and friends who know Marianne and Julie.

Thursday February 24
from: Resonate: Nicaragua

Pray for the Nehemiah Center, a Resonate partner in Nicaragua, as they continue to build relationships with local churches and work to help strengthen and equip them. Ask the Holy Spirit to work powerfully through this community of churches to transform communities and bring people into a relationship with Christ.

Friday February 25
from: Worship Ministries: Preparing

Worship leaders and pastors are constantly thinking ahead in preparation for the next season. With Lent beginning in March, pray for space and time in February to reflect on the wonderful things God has done and will do in their lives and congregations. Pray for renewed strength and energy for all who are involved in leading worship.

Saturday February 26
from: Raise Up: Timothy Leadership Training: Burundi

Pray for pastors from a variety of denominations in Burundi, East Africa, who have asked for Timothy Leadership Training. Pray also for insight and well-laid plans for Resonate staff who are visiting there to assess this request. May God’s power and plans to equip and strengthen these churches bear fruit and extend farther into this area.

Sunday February 27
from: ReFrame: India

Pray for Pankaj, who serves with ReFrame’s partners in India, ministering among people who are differently abled. He not only shares the gospel with these people but also helps with their physical needs. Ask God to work through Pankaj’s efforts.

Monday February 28
from: Resonate: Ontario

“Pray for curiosity among students who are spiritual but not religious to explore the deeper questions of life, thought, and faith,” asks Mike Wagenman, campus minister at Western University, a Resonate partner in Ontario.