We pray, this Christmas, for people searching for love, friendship and community. We lift up all those struggling to get by, the homeless, lonely and lost, and everyone who has yet to hear about Jesus. We remember that while many are outside your family, no one is beyond your love.
We pray that those attending our Christmas lunches and other activities will taste of the joy of being part of God’s family. Above all, we pray they will hear and respond to the message of the gospel, and open their hearts to Jesus.
We give thanks for our missionaries, for their courage, commitment and care. We ask that you energise them with a renewed sense of passion and purpose as we head into 2019. Let our missionaries overflow with love as they nurture the family of God.
Help us to share the gospel message too. We ask: who can we invite into God’s family this Christmas? And we open ourselves to your challenge and calling. We long to see lives changed by your forgiveness and grace, God, and we pray you would use us in your mission.
We ask all this in Jesus’ name. Amen.