“And He who sits on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’” Revelation 21:5a
Father God, we join with all our region’s intercessors as they meet together to pray in the new year. As we pray together and serve our city together, we ask for more unity of your Spirit. Give us a unified heart for your will in our city and love for one another in the Church and outside of it.
“’Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel’
(which means, God with us).” Matthew 1:23
To all our fellow prayer warriors: Thank you for praying with us on behalf of the city. Your prayers make a difference!
Have a blessed holiday and we will join hearts, minds, and spirits again in prayer starting next week.
Lord Jesus, we thank you for the local outreaches to our seniors this Christmas season. We pray particularly for the Be a Santa to a Senior” program, hosted by Home Instead Senior Care, to provide presents to seniors who otherwise might not receive a gift this holiday season; the Briargate Promanade Shops’ “Giving Tree Holiday Project,” providing ornaments with gift wishes for seniors; and the Silver Key Holiday Project, organizing volunteer drivers, callers and sorters for the delivery of gifts to local seniors. Bless the participating volunteers and businesses, and particularly our senior citizens. We ask, Jesus, that your presense would be with each of our region’s seniors this Christmas and into the new year. We honor them and remember them.
Lord Jesus, we thank you for the generosity of so many local organizations to provide gifts and food for Christmas to those in need. We pray particularly for today’s 3th annual Bob Telmossé Christmas Giveaway that partners with dozens of organizations dedicated to keeping the Christmas Spirit alive and embracing the lives of children and families in the Pikes Peak Region. Bless both the receivers and the givers in our local family as we remember the Christ in Christmas, the greatest gift of all.
“Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
I will protect him, because he knows my name.
When he calls to me, I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.” Psalms 91:14-16
Father God, we thank you for the faithful, Salvation Army traditional Red Kettle Campaign. This year we ask you for protection for the bell-ringing volunteers and the funds they collect after two kettles have been recently stolen from local Walmarts. We also pray for a success for this year’s campaign which is down $35,000 compared to this time last year. The goal is $600,000. We also pray for prosperity for those businesses that continue to allow the Salvation Army to carry out their campaign on their premises.
“And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.” Matthew 2:11
Lord God, today we pray for the Gazette-El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking Fund that provides resources for 15 local health and human service agencies on the front lines of helping people in crisis and assisting others in attaining self-sufficiency. We thank you for the partnership of media, philanthropic and benevolence organizations that are working together to serve those in need in our city, particularly during the holiday season. With every dollar going toward helping those in need, we ask for generous contributions and for your blessing on all the organizations absorbing the administative costs.
“Is not this the fast that I choose:
to loose the bonds of wickedness,
to undo the straps of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to break every yoke?
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry
and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover him,
and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?” Isaiah 58:6-7
This week we pray for local organizations that bridge the gap for those most vulnerable, in need, and underserved in our region. Today, we thank you, Lord, for Mercy’s Gate, which has been meeting the physical, financial, emotional and spiritual needs of our Colorado Springs neighbors for 30 years. We pray specifically for their Home for the Holidays goal this month to keep all qualified families who need rental or mortgage assistance in their homes for Christmas. As they now have sponsors for over half of the 200 families in need of assistance, we ask for more individual and group sponsors to meet their goal.