Wycliffe World Day of Prayer – 11 November 2020

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Shalom is a gift of God, it is not something we earn. It is not dependent on circumstances or on anything we can do. Shalom is experienced through encountering the presence of God. 

Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory (Romans 5:1-2 NLT).

For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him, God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross (Colossians 1:19,20 NLT).

We start this Wycliffe World Day of Prayer by focusing on the cross of Christ and all that Jesus accomplished there. Thank him that we now have peace with God because God loved us so much he sent his son to the earth. He lived a perfect life, died to take the punishment for our sins upon himself and rose again in victory over death. Take time for sung or spoken worship and reflection on the Scriptures above. Perhaps take communion together.

Stories of Shalom and other resources are available to enhance worship times during the Day of Prayer. Holy Moment is a story that goes along with this meditation.

Experience God’s Peace through yielding to him
In quietness, we yield to God’s will individually and corporately.

He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth’ (Psalm 46:10 NIV).

In silence, we still our hearts, our thoughts and our bodies. We may encounter a sense of God’s presence and he may speak to us, as we open our hearts to him. We can then give him our hopes and fears, trusting him to align them with his will. We acknowledge him as Lord and ask him to fill our lives with Shalom.

Suggested Shalom stories:

Pray for Shalom for the nations of the world
No nation has been left untouched by the direct or indirect impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, many people are displaced or otherwise impacted by wars and poverty. Around the world, people are in mourning. Many are in desperate financial need having lost incomes, jobs, businesses and the ability to provide for their families. Many others are struggling with physical and mental health problems.

We pray:

  • for healing in regions, nations and individuals who are suffering economically in this season. Ask God to provide all their needs and ours as well.
  • for those who mourn, that they will be comforted.
  • for those who are sick, physically or with mental health issues, and ask God to bring healing and hope.
  • that many will come to God, repent and find the wholeness that comes from a right relationship with Jesus Christ.

Suggested Shalom stories:

Pray for God’s Shalom within the Bible translation movement
And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. Colossians 3:15 (NLT)

God’s peace extends beyond his relationship with a person. As a result of the peace we have through Christ, God’s peace guides us in developing unity and community. We praise God for the good relationships with and the service of colleagues, partners and Alliance organisations.

We pray for our work and colleagues, partners, Alliance organisations and those involved in Bible translation movements around the world. This is an opportunity to pray for Partnering with Prayer colleagues. Where we struggle to experience unity and peace with colleagues, partners or others we can start by thanking God for them. It is as we praise and thank him  that he often changes our perspective. As we see things in his light we also experience peace. Lift specific requests you have for colleagues, partners and Alliance organisations to God and ask him to bring Shalom to their lives.

Suggested Shalom stories:

The following Scriptures are useful promises of God and blessings to help us pray for Shalom over ourselves and others involved in Bible translation movements:

  • John 16:33 (NLT) — I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth, you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.
  • John 14:27 (TPT) — I leave the gift of peace with you—my peace. Not the kind of fragile peace given by the world, but my perfect peace. Don’t yield to fear or be troubled in your hearts—instead, be courageous!
  • Psalm 29:10-11 (NLT) — The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord is enthroned as King forever. The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses them with peace.
  • Isaiah 26:3-4 (NLT) — You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.

Pray for communities with no access to God’s Word
Shalom is explained like this in the Foundational Statements of the Wycliffe Global Alliance:

A vision of transformed communities where all manner of relationships between people and God, with oneself, each other and with God’s creation are reconciled. It is an authentic and nurturing community that shows peacefulness, wholeness and unity, and where participants fully develop their potential because they are secure, cared for and mutually respectful. It is a vision of peoples of all nations sharing equally in God’s loving concern because no person, people group, language or nation is above the other in God’s eyes. It is a declaration that God uses the translated Word as a foundational means for holistic transformation.

We pray today for the language communities where God’s word is not yet available or only partially available. May God in his grace and mercy provide all the necessary resources for the translation of the entire Bible in each community.

Suggested Shalom story: Strength and Courage to Share Bible Stories: Mexico

Let this be our prayer for one another:

May the LORD bless you and protect you.
May the LORD smile on you and be gracious to you.
May the LORD show you his favour and give you his peace.
— Numbers 6:24-26 (NLT)

Or use the Blessing video of this passage read in different languages.


Blessing in 15 Languages from Wycliffe Global Alliance on Vimeo.

 

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