Bible Passage(s): Isaiah 9: 1 - 5
Memory Verse: "You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as
people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder." Isaiah 9: 3
Harvest always brings joy with hope of an impending period of abundance and plenty. A bountiful harvest causes great rejoicing by the people. No more drought, hunger and suffering!
The year 2019 is our year of Harvest; both for the nation and the people of the land. For many, the out gone year was filled with suffering, hunger and pain. There was massive shedding of blood, terrorism and kidnapping in the land! Great scarcity, lack, fears and want were widespread! Many laboured and sowed, sometimes in tears and blood, but alas, nothing to show for it!
This year however opens up for us on a note of joy, hope, reassurance and encouragement! ‘Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. ……, but in the future he will honour Galilee of the nations, (Isaiah 9:1). ‘The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.’ (Isaiah 9:2)
The year 2019 is a year of reaping and abundant life, when ‘those who sowed in tears, will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them. (Psalm 126: 5-6)
However, this year, you need to make a decision to follow the Lord Jesus Christ more closely and whole heartedly, in righteousness, dedication and zeal. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your father in heaven. Make a resolution today, that this New Year, you will not be part of those who cause pain and bring forth for trouble. This election year, play your part to enthrone a government of righteousness, integrity, unity, justice and fairness in our nation, so that your prayers will be answered and your harvest will endure.
Have a blessed month and a year of great and abundant harvest with divine help in Jesus mighty name.
May the Lord bless and keep you. May He make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you. May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace, now and forevermore. Amen.
Prayer Points for the Year 2019
1. Thank the Lord for making you to cross over safely into the year 2019. It is indeed His doing and it is marvelous in our eyes. Many of us travelled extensively this past year, on the roads, in the air, on the seas and even on the rails and the Lord kept us safe. In spite of the perils, kidnappings, terrorists and ritualists. Sign praises to Him and adore His Holy name.
2. Look back over year 2018 and recount His many blessings in your life. Year 2018 was our year of Blossoming for Outstanding Impact. The Lord kept His Word and did even much more. Why don’t you list all He did for you and thank Him for each of them.
3. Place your journey this year before the Lord and pray that He will fulfil His Words for your life; that you will be divinely helped to reap the your abundant harvest this year.
4. Praise the Lord for the success of the general elections this year and ask that He will enthrone the right men and women for leadership, who will cooperate with Him and work assiduously to enthrone peace, prosperity, righteousness and justice in our land.
5. Pray for peace before, during and after the elections. That there will be no violence, but that everything will go well for the people and the nation.