January 9 – 29
The theme for January 21 Days of Prayer is Renovation “Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.” Psalm 51:12
Renovation – As we begin the new year, we often look for changes, resolutions, and selfexamination. This is a natural time for us to do this as one year ends and another new year begins. The problem is a lot of these changes, resolutions, self-examinations don’t stick. We get tired of them, or we don’t remember them, the problem is we try to do them under our own power instead of Jesus’ power. Renovated means to restore, that is what Jesus wants to do in our lives, so our lives point back to Him. To renovate us so we aren’t pointed toward sin, the world, or ourselves but pointed toward Jesus. When we seek Him, He will renovate us. We pray to seek renovation also in the wider world, for the world to be renovated by the Holy Spirit. He will build something in our lives better and stronger than we can ever do on our own. This is true renovation and change that will last.
We will also be entering into a time of fasting and asking the congregation to join us as we seek God’s renovating presence in our lives. Fasting helps us focus better on what God wants of us, it breaks our self-centeredness and helps move us from inward looking to outward looking. It helps breakdown our own pride, so the Holy Spirit breaks through and renovates us.