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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.
Wednesday December 1
from: World Renew: World AIDS Day
On this day we remember people who have died because of HIV and AIDS, and we show support for those who live with this disease. AIDS is an indiscriminate killer, affecting men, women, and children—and those who are most affected live in poverty. Join us in praying for all who are affected by these tragic situations.
Thursday December 2
from: ReFrame Ministries: India
Pray for a young woman named Swati as she mourns the loss of both her father and uncle. She has been in touch with ReFrame’s Hindi ministry team, praying with them and connecting with fellow Christians in her area.
Friday December 3
from: Resonate Global Mission: Worldwide
Many CRC churches and church plants are hosting Advent and Christmas worship services, events, and other gatherings as a way to connect with their neighbors. Pray that the Holy Spirit will use this season to draw people into our faith communities and into relationship with God.
Saturday December 4
from: Chaplaincy and Care: Unique needs
Our chaplains work in care centers for people with various disabilities. This work requires chaplains to be creative and compassionate as they care for residents with unique needs and gifts. Please pray for the chaplains who walk with individuals and families in these settings while providing the peace and love of God for all God’s beloved children.
Sunday December 5
from: ThereforeGo Ministries: SERVE and mentoring
Please pray for our sending churches and host churches as we relaunch SERVE mission trips for 2022. We're excited to see what God will do at our 15 host sites next summer! We are also launching three mentoring networks in the coming months. Pray with us that churches will continue to learn and grow in the area of emerging adult ministry.
Monday December 6
from: Faith Formation Ministries: Hospitality
Many people who might not attend church regularly during the year come for worship services in the Advent and Christmas season. Pray that churches extend a warm welcome and hospitality as the Spirit stirs hearts. Pray that visitors and church members may find a sense of shared belonging and be filled with wonder that God is near.
Tuesday December 7
from: Resonate: Uganda
Though Christianity has spread rapidly in many parts of Uganda, one region of the country has only a few Christians and few churches. Resonate missionaries Anthony and Sara Sytsma share that the Pentecostal Assemblies of God are working to build up leaders to plant churches and spread the gospel, and Resonate is partnering with them. Pray for the gospel to spread.
Wednesday December 8
from: ReFrame: Japan
Please pray with us this prayer of protection written by a ReFrame Ministries radio listener in Japan: “I pray that my health will be protected and that those who suffer from coronavirus will suffer less. I pray that those who are in pain can be comforted and that they can pray to God for peace."
Thursday December 9
from: Canadian Indigenous Ministry Committee: Hearts Exchanged
Hearts Exchanged is a learning and action initiative designed to equip Reformed Christians to engage with Indigenous people as neighbors and fellow imagebearers. Pray for the participants and facilitators in every Canadian classis, asking that our churches may move effectively toward godly justice and reconciliation.
Friday December 10
from: World Renew: Disaster response
Many communities we work with are experiencing unpredictable weather patterns that threaten to push more families into poverty. Please pray with us for plans being made among global leaders and other representatives, asking that God's will be done on the earth, and for strength and perseverance for communities already facing severe environmental impacts.
Saturday December 11
from: Resonate: Mexico
Resonate missionary Abe Lee, who serves in Mexico, has been connecting online with a seminary class of 30 students in Paraguay. Give thanks for the opportunity to study Scripture together over the past few months. Ask the Holy Spirit to use this training to equip these students for leadership.
Sunday December 12
from: Disability Concerns: Changes
As 2021 draws to a close, we pray for all God has in store for us in the new year. As our director, Mark Stephenson, retires from this role, we give thanks for the 15 years of service he has given to this ministry. We have welcomed our new director, Lindsay Weiland Capel, during past month. Please pray for God's guidance for Lindsay as she enters into this role.
Monday December 13
from: ReFrame: Senegal
Pray for two young radio producers named Adèle and Isaac. They recently began partnering with ReFrame’s French ministry team, creating a special radio program for young Christians in Senegal, West Africa. Pray that their words will be a blessing to their peers.
Tuesday December 14
from: Resonate: East Asia
A Resonate missionary serving as a teacher in East Asia asks for prayer for his students. Many of the students do not know Christ, but several are asking questions about spirituality. Ask the Holy Spirit to work in their hearts.
Wednesday December 15
from: Calvin Theological Seminary: Christmas break
Many of our students, especially international students, are not able to travel home to be with family for the holidays. Pray for all who travel and for all who are apart from family during this season, that tidings of comfort and joy may overflow in their homes this season.
Thursday December 16
from: World Renew: Latin America
Migrants continue to stream out of Venezuela into neighboring Latin American countries to seek better economic opportunities and escape insecurity and violence. Pray for relief for them; for patience, understanding, and support from their hosts; and for courage and wisdom from organizations that are coordinating to resolve this crisis.
Friday December 17
from: Resonate: Campus ministry
Mike Wissink, a Resonate partner campus minister at Ferris State University in Michigan, asks you to pray for the continued growth of students as they gather weekly for meetings.
Saturday December 18
from: Safe Church: Gratitude and support
We thank God for all of you! The work of abuse prevention could not be done without people deciding to come together to work toward the vision of a church free from abuse. Ask God to continue to encourage, support, and fill us with a deep desire to work toward his design of peace.
Sunday December 19
from: ReFrame: Groundwork
Pray for Crystal, who listens to ReFrame’s Groundwork audio program. She writes, “Pray that I have the strength to carry on and have patience with the family I'm living with because they do not believe in God.”
Monday December 20
from: Resonate: Michigan
City Hope GR, a Resonate partner church plant in Michigan, recently had their grand opening. City Hope GR is a church for people of all abilities, and many people have found it to be a welcoming faith community where they can worship God and grow as disciples. Ask God to continue to work through this church plant.
Tuesday December 21
from: Edmonton Native Healing Centre: Winter solstice
The solstice is an important season marker; it helps us to reflect on the Creator's goodness and mercy, asking to be blessed by his growing light on our path. In prayer together, may we recognize that we need one another when we mourn, when we are in trouble or despair or temptation, and when we need to be encouraged to endure and stand again. Throughout our lives we are in need of others, and others are in need of us. Holy Spirit, in your strength, bless us with the gifts of patience, peace, and love.
Wednesday December 22
from: World Renew: Christmas season
We give thanks to God for the opportunity to love and serve our brothers and sisters around the world this holiday season. We pray for a peaceful, joyful, and blessed Christmas, with God at the center of all activities as we celebrate the birth of the Savior. We ask the Lord for mercy and justice in the midst of disaster, conflict, poverty, and other difficulties.
Thursday December 23
from: Resonate: North America
Many CRC members are part of a Go Local cohort with Resonate. Go Local gives believers an opportunity to learn where and how God is at work in their neighborhood—and to join in that work. Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance, especially in this Advent season, when many people are open to hearing the good news of Jesus.
Friday December 24
from: Raise Up: Educational Care: Africa
Pray for Educational Care (EC) training in East Africa. During COVID-19 lockdowns, many schools were completely closed with no online options, leaving children without schooling. Pray that EC can speak hope into this situation, raising up new EC facilitators from among graduates and guiding communities to grow in showing Christ’s love in all they do.
Saturday December 25
from: Communications: Christmas Day
Jesus is born! Pray that people around the world will hear and rejoice in the good news that a Savior has been born to us, to save us from sin and give us new life.
Sunday December 26
from: Resonate: West Africa
Pray for missionaries sharing the gospel among people from a Muslim background in West Africa. Ask the Holy Spirit to open people’s eyes to the truth of Jesus as Lord and Savior.
Monday December 27
from: World Renew: Refugees
Pray for millions of refugees around the world who have fled their countries this past year, seeking safety and freedom. May they find strong advocates for their most basic human rights. Pray also for people displaced because of natural disasters. May they find hospitality in welcoming communities.
Tuesday December 28
from: ReFrame: Cuba
Alcira receives ReFrame’s Spanish devotions and shares them with her friends. However, the post office where she lives is often unreliable. Pray that she will continue to be able to receive devotional guides and minister to her friends who need to know Christ.
Wednesday December 29
from: Resonate: Lithuania
Many students who attend LCC International University, a Resonate partner in Lithuania, come from Muslim families. Some of these students have become Christians through LCC, and while they are home for Christmas, please pray for them, asking the Holy Spirit for healthy, inspiring conversations with family members about faith.
Thursday December 30
from: Candidacy Committee: Preparations
Please pray for grace and strength for all who are in the final preparation stage to become candidates in 2022. Ask the Lord to guide them in his wisdom and to clarify their vision for ministry in the CRCNA.
Friday December 31
from: CRCNA Leadership: Reflections
As we close out another year of challenges and blessings, uncertainty and learning, adjustment and growth, we praise God that he has guided us through it all. Pray that as we move into a new year, God will continue to give us grace to follow him, love to serve each other, and courage to share the good news of Jesus with the world.