My Prayer For YOU In 2023

Hi church family. I haven’t had a chance yet to wish you all the very best for 2023. Happy New Year! Thanks for a little time off over the holidays to visit family. But it’s always great to come home to such a wonderful church family.    

My blog this week is very simple. I want you to know that I am praying for you in 2023. What a privilege it is for me to pray with you and for you. Not only on Sunday mornings during the pastoral prayer, but also in my daily intercessions for you. 

Here is my leading prayer for you in the new year . . . . I pray that you will understand grace better and that you will give grace freely to all who fill your life. My prayer will be guided by the words of Paul in Ephesians chapter 1, verses 15-19:

For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength.”

I suggest that you also pray this prayer for the people that you love the most. Pray that they will receive the Spirit of wisdom and revelation to know Him better. Pray that the eyes of their heart will be enlightened to know the hope to which He has called them. Pray that they will see and savour the glorious inheritance of His grace in those who believe. Pray that they will trust in the incomparably great power of His grace in our lives. 

My prayer for you in 2023 is best summarized in Philip Yancey’s now famous book, “What’s So Amazing About Grace?” I re-read it recently. He defines grace this way . . . “Grace means there is nothing we can do to make God love us more… and grace means there is nothing we can do to make God love us less… grace means that God already loves us as much as an infinite God can possibly love.” 

My prayer for you to increasingly embrace grace equals praying that you will know how infinitely you are loved by the God who created you and who became your Heavenly Father through the work of the Cross. Which in all of its bloody reality was an act of love and grace. 

I look forward to seeing you on Sunday morning at one of our two services because it’s then that I will be able to pray with you and for you in person. It will also be great to get back to our current sermon series based on the book of 1 Corinthians called, “True Spirituality In A Messy World.” 

Praying for you,

Pastor Deric

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