GENERAL DAY OF PRAYER
It is timely that we begin the Year with today’s theme: “The Light Amid The Darkness” which declares the hope we find in Jesus to lead us through the difficulties and challenges that this year brings.
It is also timely that today we celebrate Epiphany, which is the celebration of the manifestation of Jesus Christ to the Gentile nations as represented by the visit of the Wise Men from the East. Now salvation, though it came through the Jews is NOT EXCLUSIVE for the Jewish nation but is now for all peoples.
We should know by heart everyone’s FAVORITE memory verse in John 3:16,
GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD!
The very reason for Jesus Christ is not just to save a select few, but to SAVE THE WORLD! From the Jews who were the people of promise to “whosoever believes” are to be called children of God.
Our reading from Isaiah, prophesies about the coming Savior and the role of Jerusalem as God shines His light upon the birth of the Savior. Verse 2 from Isaiah 60 even says:
But the nations in darkness will be drawn to the light. In other Bible versions, ‘gentiles’ are used for the word ‘nations.’ It provides us with this visual of how from the centrality of Jerusalem in the life of the Jewish nation, we are directed to the participation and INVOLVEMENT of all peoples, the Gentiles, in God’s plan of salvation.
Just as the wise men laid down their gifts, let us lay down our prayers before Jesus’ feet as He directs His light upon the darkness of the world.